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Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
If you have any serious problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and the muscles that control movement of the jaw, you may be diagnosed with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or TMJ syndrome. You need the jaw and muscle to function properly so that you can chew, talk, and yawn with ease. If you are having problems performing these basic movements, you may experience some pain and tenderness that needs to be treated by an oral surgeon or other dental specialist.
Warning signs that there is a problem with the jaw and jaw joints typically start with clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth but can also include:
- Jaws that get stuck
- Pain or tenderness around the face
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty chewing
What Can I Do To Treat TMD Symptoms?
Fix Poorly Aligned Teeth
Our doctors can help make some adjustments to your bite to help correct the alignment. Misaligned teeth can cause teeth grinding which can aggravate TMD symptoms.
Stress also contributes to bruxism (teeth grinding) so practicing relaxation techniques, especially before sleep, can help ease your pain. You may also be fitted for a night guard to wear when sleeping.
Modify the Pain
Resting the joint, warm compresses and over the counter pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help manage the pain.
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TMJ Treatment Options
The experienced team at Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery can prepare a TMJ treatment plan that includes lifestyle recommendations and invasive treatments that can correct jaw problems permanently. Some patients fare well with lifestyle changes such as eating soft foods, taking pain medication, and applying a warm compress to the area that is painful or tender. If the symptoms do not go away on their own, you may be fitted with a night guard to reduce teeth clenching. Only a small percentage of patients will require jaw replacement surgery to replace the jaw joint with an implant. We can discuss the best course of action during your consultation.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY
“Everyone is extremely helpful, kind and very courteous. I will always recommend this facility because of their professionalism and quality dental work and excellence.”
“My overall experience at Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery was outstanding. I was very nervous about my procedure and Dr.Johnson and his wonderful staff assured me that everything would be just fine. The surgery went as promised and I have no complaints about the entire experience. Thank you all at Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery for everything.”
“I just had all of my wisdom teeth removed here. I had a GREAT experience! The staff was very friendly. I was nervous coming in and they were very accommodating to my worries. I was put under for the procedure. When I woke up, I wasn’t in pain and again, the staff was very nice and answered all of my questions. Recovery has been very pleasant. They did a wonderful job! I can’t recommend this place enough!”
“It was fantastic! How many people can say that about oral surgery? Dr. Johnson, Brittany and everyone I came in contact with was the best. I would never hesitate to say how great my experience was. Thanks Dr. Johnson and staff.”