What the heck is TMD? Well, you may know it as TMJ. TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ refers to your temporomandibular joint, which is where your you’ll likely feel the symptoms of TMD.
Who Gets TMD?
There are a lot of reasons someone might suffer from TMD. Any poorly done, or incomplete orthodontic work could lead to TMD. So, if you or your children have braces or are undergoing other orthodontic treatment, be sure to consult your orthodontist before deciding to end your treatment early. If you choose to do so, you could experience severe consequences many years later.
Most often TMD is the result of arthritis in the jaw, grinding of the teeth and clenching of the teeth. We’ve seen patients with TMD who clench and grind almost constantly due to stress, and don’t even realize they are doing it!
How do I know if I have TMD?
Your TMD symptoms can be quite mild at the beginning, sometimes appearing and disappearing without warning. These symptoms may include aching facial muscles, or popping and grating sounds when you chew.Don’t ignore those subtle signs because if your symptoms get worse you may experience the inability to open or close your jaw without the use of manual force, or and severe jaw, neck or shoulder pain.
Can I prevent TMD?
It is tough to prevent TMD if you are prone to it. If you grind your teeth come in and see us to determine the cause of the grinding. If a misalignment is the cause of your grinding, we can likely fix that for you.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for TMD, but you do have options. The first step is to meet with Dr. Redgren to get a formal diagnosis and identify the source of your TMD.
We can almost certainly provide some relief from your symptoms by reducing pressure on the joint, which should decrease pain and keep your symptoms from getting any worse.
We may be able to correct the problem with braces or other orthodontic treatment.
There are surgical solutions for TMD, but we don’t’ recommend those except for the most severe cases, where quality of life is so diminished that potential benefits far outweigh the risk of surgery.
If you suspect you might be suffering from TMD make an appointment to visit us for a consultation today. Our office is conveniently located in Greeley, and our staff looks forward to providing you the best possible service.