Temporomandibular Disorder TMD & TMJ
Orthodontics is often used to help treat TMJ-TMD, but, it is Not the first step.
As an Orthodontist Specialist, Dr. Hall has a unique background in conservative TMJ-TMD treatment. Dr. Hall has specialist training in bite development, function and TMJ-TMD treatment. He offers easy to understand concepts and management solutions to alleviate and normalize bite function. We utilize intra-oral splints that are easy to use and provide relief from TMJ-TMD symptoms. Once comfortable chewing function has stablized, then it is possible to diagnose whether bite alignment is needed. This when Orthodontics is often used, and is the most conservative and reliable approach to TMJ-TMD mangement specialty services.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as severe, recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, also known as TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.
Symptoms of TMD include:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Migraine headaches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
If you notice that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, let your TMJ Orthodontist specialist know at your next appointment. Your Orthodontist can help determine if you have TMD and create a specialized TMD treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.
Not all jaw pain is associated with TMD or TMJ.
If you feel that you might have TMD, it is always important to see your dentist and receive an exam. However, not all jaw pain is associated with TMD, and if you do not have TMD there are many different preventive steps you can take to maintain a healthy, strong smile.
- Relax your face — "Lips together, teeth apart"
- Avoid clenching your teeth
- Avoid all gum chewing
- Don't cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
- Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
- Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared
Many people get TMD-TMJ because it does run in families. Symptoms usually wax and wane due to the level of muscle activity. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and are concerned that you're a candidate for TMD treatment, please contact our office for a consultation.