TMD is a common expression referring to the temporomandibular joint disorder. It is sometimes also referred to as TMJ after the Temporomandibular Joint. TMD (or TMJ) includes muscle issues that affect jaw movement, facial pain around the jaw joint and a variety of other problems that can show up within the joint itself. Chronic pain in your jaw and face, “popping” sounds while chewing or talking and headaches or even lockjaw are a few symptoms associated with TMJ. This variety makes diagnosis and treatment challenging. An accurate diagnosis is critical for successful treatment. Dr. O’Brien is experienced in the identification and treatment of TMJ and can pinpoint the source of your pain.
Most times if the problem is muscular or within the joint, it will get better over time. For this reason, Dr. O’Brien uses conservative treatments first. Contact our office to learn more about the advanced TMJ solutions at Dental Services of Sarasota. Dr. Allison O’Brien uses a perfect mix of compassionate services for optimal health. Whether you need routine preventive services, sleep apnea solutions, implant dentistry, or cosmetic enhancements, experience the difference here.
Contributing Factors of TMD
- Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
- Teeth Clenching
- Jaw Injury or Trauma
One of the most effective treatments is an occlusal adjustment. Occlusal adjustment is a process of performing slight modifications to the biting surface of your teeth so that the impact of your bite is properly distributed among your teeth. This alone can reduce the stress on your joint. Occlusal adjustment can also help your teeth to fit together more naturally, reducing the occurrence of bruxism.