The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the place where your jaw attaches to your skull to enable you to open and close your jaw smoothly. Sometimes the joint is damaged or injured, leading to a debilitating condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction (TMD). If you are experiencing pain or hearing sounds whenever you open your jaw, then schedule an appointment at SEDA Dental to see if you have TMD. At our offices in South Florida, our dental team utilizes innovative tools to diagnose and care for your TMD to relieve painful symptoms. Your treatment will be dependent on the cause of your TMD and your particular condition, but a few choices are oral appliances (night or mouth guards), bite adjustment, dental restorations, and much more.
TMD may be caused by an injury to the jaw, years of teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). Other conditions that may cause TMD include arthritis or a tumor in the TMJ. Sometimes the cause of TMD is unclear, but if you are experiencing symptoms, we can diagnose and care for your TMJ. Some of the most typical signs of TMD are tenderness or pain at the temporomandibular joint, involuntary contractions in your face muscles, feeling like your jaw is rigid or stuck, and frequent headaches that begin in front of your ears. Another sign is hearing clicking, cracking, or popping when you move your jaw.
What To Expect
To diagnose TMD, we will listen carefully to understand your concerns prior to a physical exam. Throughout the examination, we will evaluate how your jaw moves and look for signs of misalignment, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching. We will also palpate the jaw and lower face to look for any swelling and tenderness. Digital images of your lower head along with an analysis of your bite may also be taken to search for underlying factors that may determine your therapy approach. Depending on the examination, we will discuss your treatment choices that may incorporate a mouth guard, teeth straightening, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, and dentures).
Along with treatments to solve the root cause of your TMD, we may suggest different ways to relieve pain and other problems on your own. This may include eating softer foods, not biting your nails or chewing gum, applying heat to your jaw, and relaxation methods. We may also show you exercises to help strengthen your jaw or prescribe medication to relax your jaw muscles (and to relieve pain, nervousness, or even inflammation).
You should continue to attend follow-up appointments so we can assess the results from your TMJ treatment. If your therapy is not working, we might consider another strategy. As soon as your TMD is treated, you should continue to schedule yearly dental examinations at SEDA Dental to keep your mouth healthy.
Dental insurance policies for diagnosing TMJ pain and TMD treatments vary so we will get in touch with your provider to figure out your personal expenses. Whether you do or do not have dental insurance, we will discuss price quotes when explaining treatment choices. To help make all remedies affordable, SEDA Dental takes many payment options, and we will be able to help you find medical financing.
Advanced TMD Treatments
Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can make it difficult for you to eat, talk, and enjoy life. Since there are lots of potential causes, signs, and remedies to treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), make an appointment at our practice in South Florida. We will perform a detailed exam prior to making a diagnosis and talking about treatment choices. Get in touch with our staff at SEDA Dental to learn more and schedule your appointment.