TMD is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the jaw joint that connects the lower mandible to the rest of the skull. When the joint becomes strained or inflamed, sensitivity and pain may occur.
The proper function of the TMJ is crucial to your ability to speak, chew, and make facial expressions. You can seek treatment for TMJ disorder (TMD) at One Dental Care Center of Kalispell.
Common Symptoms of TMD
Around 7 million adults suffer from TMJ pain. Some of the symptoms include:
- Clicking and popping in the jaw joints.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Facial pain.
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth.
- Lock jaw.
- Pain or tenderness in the neck, ears, or back.
Causes of TMD
TMD could affect anyone, but there are some causes that are linked to the disorder. Bruxism (grinding) or jaw clenching can stress the muscles. Other contributing factors may include arthritis, injuries, family history, and hormones.
Dr. Pittaway provides a TMJ exam that assesses the health of the joint. If he can see swelling, damage, or deterioration, he will often know the best way to treat the problem.
TMJ mouthguards can help you establish good habits and relieve tension from the joint. We will create a custom-fit device for you, and then advise you regarding wear time and habits. The device is comfortable, small, portable, and easy to clean. The TMJ will slowly recover and your symptoms will disappear.
We may also suggest massage, over-the-counter medications, or surgical intervention. The best way to find out how to overcome TMJ is with a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pittaway.
Call One Dental Care Center of Kalispell Today
If you are struggling with frequent jaw pain or headaches, give your TMD professional a call. Dr. Pittaway would be happy to help you soothe jaw discomfort and regain the total functionality of your smile.
We care about your oral health. Call us today!