Dr. Bruce at Village Orthodontics in Winnipeg offers treatment plans as well as prevention tips for TMD.
What are the tempromandibular joints?
Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, connect your lower jawbone to your skull.
These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.
Chronic facial and neck pain, including recurring headaches can be symptoms of temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMD.
TMD treatment occurs in a two step process. First, special bite splints are used to even out your bite and allow your muscles to relax.
This will help the jawbone joint set properly in the socket. This step may take up to several months for some patients. Once your jaw join is in a proper position, your orthodontist will be able to tell what your bite problem is.
From there, they will use the appropriate treatment methods to help correct it. Depending on your current bite situation, the procedure can be from reshaping teeth, to orthodontic treatment, or even surgery.
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- Pain in the jaw area
- Ear pain, ringing, or stuffiness
- Headaches or neck aches
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth