Relieve Your Head, Neck, And Jaw Pain With TMD Treatment
The TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, connects the lower jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. When you have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), it means that the joint has problems that cause discomfort, pain, or even cause the jaw to not work properly. At Dearborn Family Smiles, our dentists are skilled at TMD treatment.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw, or near your ear when you move your mouth
- Problems when you try to open your mouth widely
- Jaws that lock or get stuck open or closed
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when you move your jaw
- Toothaches, headaches, earaches, or dizziness
These are signs that you’re struggling with TMD. However, they can also be caused by other conditions. That’s why it’s important to schedule an appointment with our dentists so we can fully review your situation.
There are three main categories of TMD. The first category is pain in your muscles, neck, and shoulder known as myofascial pain. Secondly, you might be experiencing a dislocated jaw, injury, or other internal problem with the joint. Finally, you might be suffering from a degenerative joint disease, such as arthritis or other jaw diseases.
What is TMD treatment?
Most TMD treatment focuses on relieving discomfort. The good news is that problems that cause myofascial pain are often temporary, and you can treat them with simple methods. Heat, ice, and eating softer foods can make a big difference.
However, sometimes you need a more specific TMD treatment for chronic problems. We can offer treatments that relax muscles, increase blood flow, and help relieve pain. In extremely severe cases, you might need surgery, which is a last resort.
If you’re struggling with facial and jaw pain, let us help solve the problem. We can do a full exam and discuss your options with you. Make an appointment today!