TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER (TMJ/TMD)

More than 15 percent of American adults suffer from temporal mandibular joint pain, earaches, or chronic facial head and neck pain.  The source of these aches and pains may be related to TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder).

TMD affects the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joints), which are the 2 joints located on each side of the head that work together with a complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones, to make different movements for chewing and speaking.

 


 

People with TMD may experience symptoms that include:

  • Chronic Head & Neck Pain
  • Jaw-Joint Pain  
  • Clicking and Popping of Jaw-Joint
  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Difficulty  opening & Closing the mouth
  • Tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles
  • Sensitive Teeth when no other dental problems can be found
  • Grinding down teeth also known as Bruxism
  • Jaw pain more prevalent in the morning or late afternoon       

TMD can result from a number of causes such as

  • Arthritis
  • Improper bite (how teeth fit together)
  • Jaw dislocation or injury
  • the overuse of jaw muscles due to bruxism

DIAGNOIS OF TMJ

With our advanced State of the Art X-Rays, Dr. Garcia can evaluate the health of the temporal mandibular joint based on its shape and position. He can compare images to those of an ideal joint position, and shape to assess the severity of the condition.  Based on the image findings and the severity of symptoms, the proper treatment can be recommended.

 


TREATMENT OF TMJ-WITH ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY                                

There are many treatment options to manage TMD, including oral appliances, surgeries, medications, or lifestyle changes such as change in diet. Custom Oral Appliances such as splints are made for each patient and can be effective in reducing the wear and tear on teeth and alleviating pressure from the joint by helping to evenly distribute the bite. Please ask our staff about how the successful treatment of TMJ Disorder can begin with gentle, experienced care---right here at Garcia Dental Care.