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TMJ/TMD Treatment

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Do you have frequent headaches, earaches, sore jaw muscles or a dull, aching facial pain? Does your jaw lock or stray to one side when you open your mouth? These aches and pains may be related to the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and the muscles that work to move the joint. These painful conditions are often called temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

TMD isn’t curable but it is treatable. The only formal dental education and training available regarding the history, techniques, literature/research, and clinical experience for treatment of TMD are found in advanced dental specialty residency programs. The most highly trained dentists with respect to non-surgical treatments for TMD are prosthodontists, like Dr. Tyler.

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What are the Signs & Symptoms?

TMD is a condition, not a specific disease. Symptoms can vary and range from mild to severe. Some patients may have symptoms but are still able to function fully. TMDs appear to be more common in women. Specific symptoms may include:

  • Pain in and around the ear
  • Tender jaw muscles
  • Clicking or popping noises of the jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Pain when chewing or yawning
  • Jaw joints that feel as if they are locked or stuck
  • Headaches
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What causes TMD?

Several conditions may be linked to TMD making it difficult to pinpoint the cause. Related conditions may include:

  • Jaw or head injuries
  • Diseases that affect the muscles or joints
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding or clenching)
  • Malocclusions or multiple missing or drifted teeth causing interferences during jaw movements
  • Stress
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How is TMD treated?

For some patients, the disorder may disappear by itself. For others, they may come and go, or may worsen over time. TMD is managed, rather than cured. There are several ways TMD can be managed, among them we find:

  • Stabilization – A well-made night guard, properly fit and adjusted, is capable of preventing many of the symptoms related to TMD. When used in this capacity, they are often referred to as an occlusal appliance, stabilization appliance, bite splint, or bite guard. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Tyler has received advanced training to make these appliances. In order to be an effective treatment to alleviate the symptoms of TMD, the appliance needs to be adjusted in a very precise way, sometimes taking multiple chairside adjustments to achieve the desired relief of symptoms.
  • Equilibration – fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some of the teeth.
  • Orthodontic treatment.
  • Medicines to reduce pain or inflammation, or to help you relax.
  • Exercises to strengthen jaw muscles.
  • Modifying the pain with heat or ice packs.
  • Eating softer foods for a certain period of time or avoiding foods that cause symptoms.
  • Surgery – Only if TMD symptoms are significantly decreasing your quality of life and all other options have been attempted without relief is this recommended by Dr. Tyler.

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