Don’t Let TMJ Disorder Disrupt Your Life

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines, neck pain, or jaw pain? You might suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (also called TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction). Dr. D. Greg Seal, a Dallas, Texas, prosthodontist, understands and offers effective treatment for TMJ disorder.

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?

The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of the head, just in front of the ear. TMD is a malfunction of those joints. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain in the jaw or head
  • Locking of the jaw or joint noise (generally a clicking or popping sound)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Misaligned bite

What Are the Causes of TMD?

The most common cause of TMD is spasms of the muscles supporting the jaw. However, other causes of TMD exist and can include:

  • Disk erosion or misalignment
  • Arthritis
  • Trauma
  • Jaw muscle fatigue caused by overwork due to the clenching or grinding of teeth

Women between the ages of 30 and 50 are at a higher risk for TMD, as are people born with facial bone deformities. Often, pinpointing the exact cause of TMD is difficult. However, in most cases, TMD can be treated successfully with conservative therapy.

What Are the Treatments for TMD?

Conservative therapy for TMD will normally be non-invasive, depending on the severity of the individual case and the response to initial treatment. Often, a combination of techniques is necessary to alleviate the symptoms of TMD.

The methods for treating TMD include:

  • Occlusal orthotic appliance (bite guard)
  • Medication
  • Massage therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Orthodontic realignment of the teeth (rarely)

You can also alleviate the symptoms of TMD at home, by the use of heat or ice packs, massage, stretching, and modifying daily habits (like eating softer foods and avoiding gum). After he diagnoses you, Dr. Seal can discuss the best treatment options for your particular condition.

If you suspect that you suffer from TMD, don’t wait any longer to find relief. Call our Dallas, Texas, dental practice today at (214) 361-0883 for more information on TMD treatment or to schedule a dental consultation.

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