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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:

 

  • Toothaches
  • Dizziness
  • Jaws that get stuck
  • Pain or tenderness around the face
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty chewing
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What Can I Do To Treat TMD Symptoms?

TMJ Dentist in Las Vegas, NV

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.

TMJ Dentist in Las Vegas, NV

Relaxation Techniques

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.

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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.

TMJ Dentist in Las Vegas, NV

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