When you hear someone referring to TMJ or TMD, they are most likely referring to the same thing. Most of the time they are talking about temporomandibular joint disorder. Since TMJ can also stand for the temporomandibular joint, we will use TMD here to avoid confusion. At Eric J. Sadler, DDS and Associates, we will take care of the health of your jaw as well as your teeth and gums. Here are some things that you need to know about temporomandibular joint disorder.
What Is TMD? Moreover, What Can Be Done About It?
The temporomandibular joint is the fancy name for the two joints that make up your jaw. Taking care of your jaw is part of good oral health.
You need to know what signs you should look for as far as TMD is concerned. The obvious sign is pain in your jaw. If your jaw hurts when you open it or close it, we need to know so we can find out what is causing your pain.
Another symptom of TMD is tooth pain that will not go away. You might think that there is a problem with your tooth, but it could be a sign that something is going on with your jaw instead. Any time you have tooth pain, you need to make an appointment so that we can figure out what is causing the pain, and also treat it.
When you open and close your jaw, does it crack? It is not uncommon for that to happen now and then, but if it happens all the time we want to know.
If you experience swelling in your jaw, that could point to TMD. There are other symptoms as well.
Very often, TMD is caused because someone grinds his or her teeth. This is extremely common, but many people have no idea that they do it because they do it in their sleep. A similar condition is when someone will clench his or her teeth in their sleep. Either of these can lead to jaw pain and TMD.
If you grind your teeth at night, we will be able to tell because over time it will wear down the tops of your teeth. We will then most likely start with a mouthguard while you sleep. This will help to hold your jaw and teeth in the proper place while you sleep, and it could stop the grinding. A mouthguard might also help you to stop snoring.
If the mouthguard does not work, we will look for other solutions. It could also help if you reduce your level of stress. A high amount of stress will cause many people to grind or clench their teeth, and not only while they are asleep.
Here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS and Associates, we want to find out what is causing your TMD and find a way to stop the pain. It is all part of making sure that your mouth is healthy, and that your teeth are in alignment. Call us at (336) 331-5271 if you have a symptom of a temporomandibular joint disorder. We need to know.