Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMD)
Many patients have popping or clicking of the jaw or even “lock jaw”—when the jaw gets stuck in an open position. These symptoms correlate with the joint of the lower jaw that is located in front of your ears. The joint consists of a disk between two bones. If the disk suddenly moves between the bones a popping sound occurs. This can be treated by wearing a splint or “night guard”. These appliances stop excessive wear of the teeth and/or damage of the joint. A simple appliance is often needed during high-stress times of life.
What Is TMD?
TMD is a general diagnoses that encompasses problems associated with the temporal mandibular joint: the joint that connects the jaw to the bones of the skull. TMD is also sometimes referred to as TMJ after the joint. This joint is right in front of your ears and gives you the ability to talk and chew. For proper function, the joint of the jaw needs a lot of assistance from facial muscles. Because of this TMD causes a slew of problems extending to the ears and even down the neck.
There are many different possible causes, and a variety of symptoms making TMD very difficult to diagnose. MD’s, ENT’s and dentists can all get involved before a proper solution can be reached. To find a solution you need to properly identify a cause so that you can stop it at the source. While TMD is something specialists are still trying to understand, there are several known causes.
At Eagle Rock Dental Care we understand the inconvenience that comes with temporal mandibular disorders. We are here to help you find the source of your pain and lead you to a solution. We can fit you for a perfectly molded night-guard to prevent clenching and grinding at night and to give the sore muscles a break. Let us be your pros for TMD treatment. Contact us or schedule your appointment online today!