What is TMD?
TMD stands for tempromandibular disorder, and according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research approximately 5 to 12 percent of people suffer from this condition. This disorder encompasses a number of conditions associated with the joints, muscles, and nerves in the jaw.
How do I get TMD?
For the majority of cases it is unknown what causes the disorder. However, there are some direct links to the disorder including trauma such as a car accident or blow to the face. Grinding or clenching teeth can also aggravate symptoms.
How can I tell if I have TMD?
- Pain associated when you open and close your mouth which may or may not be associated with a popping or clicking noise
- Pain near the ear which is not associated with an earache
- Sore muscles on the side of your face
- Pain when you eat, talk, or yawn
Depending on the cause of TMD, treatment options vary. They can include lifestyle modifications such as no longer chewing gum or biting nails. Other treatment includes wearing an appliance fabricated by our office in order to place you jaw in a more comfortable position. Selective adjustment of certain teeth can also be a treatment option.
TMD disorders are complicated and a thorough evaluation of each patients particular condition must be made before any definitive treatment can be administered.
We are highly experienced in treating TMD disorders and have had much success treating our patients.
Daniel Streitz DDS, MAGD
Daniel Streitz DMD