TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) affects millions of Americans every year! Your TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull and allows you to comfortably move your jaw from side to side and up and down. When the TMD is working correctly, you are able to do simple things like yawning or eating without any discomfort. However, when this joint isn’t functioning as it should be, the result is great tenderness and sensitivity, especially in the jaw area! If you think that you have TMD, here’s what to look for.
Common symptoms of TMD include:
- Aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Tenderness or pain in your jaw
- Pain around your ear
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
TMD can be the result of a variety of things, but most commonly stems from stress. Treatment options for TMD includes self-care, physical therapy, medication and devices such as mouthguards or bite guards. After you have applied these methods and the pain still doesn’t go away, then the next step would be to have a conversation with your dentist. Surgery is never the first option to treat TMD, but if after you have tried every other option and the pain still doesn’t decrease, then we recommend that you make an appointment and visit our practice. The surgical procedure for TMD involves injections in the areas of pains. It is not a permanent solution, but it can help reduce the amount of pain.
It’s time to stop living with the pain! Make an appointment today and get your smile and your life back. If you live in the Orland Park, IL area, today is the day to make a change and regain control over your oral health!