Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is when your temporomandibular joints are damaged or not functioning properly. What causes TMD? It varies on a case-by-case basis. It is thought to have a variety of different causes, such as arthritis, injury, clenching and teeth grinding, or stress and anxiety. At your consultation, we’ll discuss your overall health history, perform X-rays, and do a visual examination to try to determine the cause of your TMD.
Treatment for TMD
At Farmington Dental & Orthodontics, we can create custom-fitted oral appliances, known as splints, to help reduce the symptoms of TMD. Oral appliance therapy will keep the upper and lower arch of teeth apart so that they don’t touch, which eases the pressure on the temporomandibular joint. We usually recommend wearing your oral appliance for the majority of the day, when you’re not eating, for the best results. We may also advise wearing a nightguard to bed to prevent damage from teeth grinding.
What are common symptoms of TMD?
Wondering if you’re suffering from TMD? Here are some of the most common signs of TMD. If you’re experiencing any of the following, please call our office right away to book your consultation!
- Aching in or Around Your Ears
- Chronic or Frequent Headaches & Migraines
- Difficulty Chewing
- Facial Pain
- Lockjaw or Clicking Jaw
- Pain or Tenderness Around Jaw
- Teeth Grinding
Is TMD curable?
Each case and person is different. For some, TMD can be reversed using noninvasive, simple methods. For others, their TMD isn’t curable, but can often be easily maintained and controlled with certain treatments.
Can a dentist fix my loud snoring?
We can help minimize your snoring caused by TMD through oral appliance therapy. A custom-designed oral appliance will help keep your airway open to prevent chronic, loud snoring while you sleep!