What is a Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?
On each side of your head, you have a joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. These joints are called your temporomandibular joints, and are the joints that allow you to move your jawbone.
What is a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)?
A temporomandibular joint disorder occurs when your jawbone becomes misaligned. This misalignment is frequently caused by bruxism or teeth grinding.
What are the Common Symptoms of a TMD?
- Jaw pain
- Frequent chronic headaches
- An aching feeling in the ears
- A popping or clicking sound when you move the jaw joint
- An aching or soreness in the jaw when you move your mouth
How Can I Prevent a TMD?
You can lower your risk of developing a TMD by avoiding the overuse or misuse of your temporomandibular joints. Never cradle the phone between your jaw and shoulder, and avoid grinding your teeth, and you can help decrease the chance that you’ll develop a TMD.
If I Have a Chronic Headache, Does That Mean I have a TMD?
Having a chronic headache does not necessarily mean that you have a TMD. However, chronic headaches are a common symptom associated with temporomandibular disorders. If you experience chronic headaches, you may want to arrange for a consultation with Dr. Theurer to determine whether or not your headaches are the result of a TMD.
How Do You Treat a Temporomandibular Disorder?
We treat TMDs using special mouthguards that help keep patients from grinding their teeth while they sleep. When you are diagnosed with a TMD, we will arrange a treatment plan that fits you individually and that will best meet your needs. Our mouthguards are custom-made for each patient for optimal fit and efficiency. After you’ve worn your mouthguard for awhile, your joints will be able to heal and you’ll be able to find relief for your TMD symptoms.
If you have a question not answered on this FAQ please contact us at our office today. We would be happy to answer any other questions you might have, and to schedule an appointment.