TMD and TMJ can be quite difficult to identify and treat. Common symptoms of TMD/TMJ include stiffness and pain in the jaw, headaches and migraines, difficulty chewing, or “popping” noises when moving the jaw to eat and speak. At River Park Dental, Dr. Ahmed specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mild to moderate cases of TMD/TMJ. He will assess your oral health, determine the root cause of your disorder, and help you get the treatment you need.
TMD and TMJ are usually used synonymously to refer to “Temporomandibular Joint Disorder”. The temporomandibular joint is a complex joint located right where your jawbone connects to your skull, underneath your ear. This joint is responsible for moving your lower jaw, allowing you to eat, drink, speak, chew, smile, yawn, and more. If something goes wrong with your temporomandibular joint, and it becomes inflamed, infected, or damaged, you may develop TMD/TMJ.
Common Causes of TMD/TMJ
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is one of the most causes TMD/TMJ. This is because teeth grinding activates the temporomandibular joint, as well as other muscles in the mouth, and puts an enormous amount of strain on them over time, which can lead to TMJ damage.
TMD/TMJ can also be caused by inflammatory diseases, as well as arthritis. If the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed, it can be irritated even by normal day-to-day actions like chewing. Damage directly to the joint, such as a blow to the head or overuse, can also cause TMD/TMJ. For example, if you chew gum for hours on end and continue this habit for months, your joint may become strained or damaged.
Each case of TMD/TMJ requires a unique, individualized treatment plan. Conditions caused by teeth grinding, for example, may be managed by reducing stress, and furnishing patients with a night guard to prevent them from grinding their teeth. In most cases, TMD/TMJ caused by overuse and strain can be eliminated with lifestyle changes and rest. TMD/TMJ caused by arthritis and other inflammatory diseases can be treated pharmaceutically, and with corticosteroid injections.
Oral surgery for TMD/TMJ is rare, but may be needed in extreme cases, such as severe impact injuries that have destroyed or dislodged the temporomandibular joint.
Get The Treatment You Need Today!
Each and every case of TMD/TMJ is different. To get treatment that can give you relief from chronic pain and discomfort, you need a doctor who is willing to listen, give you a comprehensive oral exam, and determine the root cause of your temporomandibular joint disorder.
Dr. Ahmed has extensive experience treating TMD/TMJ, and he can give you the help that you need. Don’t let TMD/TMJ affect your day-to-day life. Contact us now at (860) 785-8496, or visit our office near Newington and Berlin, CT at 1111 Cromwell Ave, Suite 203, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 for an appointment.