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The Culprit Behind Jaw Pain

Estimates suggest that there are over 10 million people in the U.S. living with the effects of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD makes it difficult to speak or chew, and patients often struggle with jaw and facial pain on a daily basis from the condition. In cases of TMD, the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect the lower jaw to either side of the skull to allow for movement, become damaged. This leads to pain and discomfort in the jaw, neck and around the ear area. TMD symptoms may include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Muscles spasms
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of hearing
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Mechanical damage to the jaw joint (TMJ) itself

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 Your Treatment Options

Our doctors have different treatment options they can recommend based on your specific situation. As there are levels of discomfort associated with TMD, they will first want to discuss your needs before determining the best course of treatment. Often, non-invasive occlusal guards are recommended. An occlusal guard acts as an orthotic appliance that is both diagnostic and therapeutic. It allows for proper jaw alignment, muscular harmony and protection of teeth from grinding and interference.

They may recommend the following:

  • Pain Management Treatment Plans to Reduce Stress on Muscles or Joints
  • Orthodontics or Dental Restorations to Correct Bite Alignment
  • Surgical Correction in Severe Cases
  • Occlusal Guard

Diagnosing the Disorder

If you are exhibiting signs of TMD, our doctors will want to perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether TMD is truly the source of your concern. As Pankey Institute-trained professionals, you can feel confident knowing our doctors at Traverse Dental have received the highest level of training. With their understanding and knowledge of the TMJ, they are uniquely qualified to diagnose the disorder and recommend the best course of treatment.

You no longer have to live with the pain of TMD. Schedule your consultation to learn more about your treatment options.