TMJ and TMD

Just about everyone has heard the term TMJ but what does it really mean? TMJ is the abbreviation for Temporal Mandibular Joint and everyone has one. So if you hear someone say they have TMJ they are correct. But what they really mean is they have TMD or Temporal Mandibular Disorder or Dysfunction.

Pain in Your Jaw? What Causes TMD? What can be done? Where do I start?

Do you have chronic headaches, neck aches, pain in your jaw, popping in your jaw, trouble opening your mouth wide, jaw locking, or ringing in your ears? Is this condition making it hard for you to do what you want to do? Are you ready to get your life back?

These are all symptoms of TMD. Simply put, your jaw joint is not in the correct position or is not working the way that it should. Many times the joint is restricting the blood vessels which travel through the joint area to and from the brain. This can cause headaches – even chronic migraines. It can interfere in your whole life. It can also cause additional problems with your teeth.

What causes TMD or jaw dysfunction?

Many things can play a role in this process. Sometimes it is simply the way that your jaw grew (genetics) and sometimes it is because of other causes such as sinus problems, sleep apnea, mouth breathing, bad posture etc.

What can be done to fix the problem?

There are many different treatments for TMD. They range from simple adjustments to the teeth and bite, wearing a mouth splint or appliance, orthodontics (braces), physical therapy, all the way to surgery which is hopefully the last option.

Where do I start and who can help me?

The first step is to find someone who treats TMD. Most of the time it will be a dentist or oral surgeon. Dr. Goebbel at Southern Boulevard Dental uses the latest in technologies to diagnose and treat this condition. The first step is to make an appointment for an evaluation. We will take x-rays of your jaw, models of your teeth, and use a T-scan sensor to make a digital record of your bite and the forces that are affecting your bite. Once we have all the records necessary to diagnose the problem then we can work with you to formulate a plan that works for you and with your life and busy schedule. Each patient is unique so each plan is unique.

Don’t waste another moment being in pain. Call us today and let us help you get your life back.