What You Need To Know About TMD?
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), occur when the joints of your jaw — Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) are not working properly. This can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Often there could be a combination of problems that add to your TMJ pain. If you chronically grind your teeth, are diagnosed with osteoarthritis, or your facial muscles are tight from stress, all could be causing you to experience TMJ pain. Our orthodontist can talk with you about your jaw health, and work with you on solutions to your TMJ pain. Whether you have chronic headaches, or your jaw clicks when you open your mouth, TMD can be a debilitating problem for those that suffer from jaw problems.
What are TMD Symptoms?
Temporomandibular Disorders, or TMD, occur when the joints of your jaw (TMJ) are not working properly. Signs and symptoms of TMD disorders may include:
- Pain or tenderness of jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking or difficulty in opening or closing of mouth
Orthodontics Treatments For TMD
One of the main causes of TMD is a misalignment of the jaw caused by crooked teeth. Our board-certified orthodontists can help to heal your TMJ pain with a special treatment that straightens out your teeth. Once your teeth are properly aligned and your bite problems are resolved, stress on your jaw joints are reduced and as a result, your TMJ Pain will be gone.