What Do You Know About TMD?
- Posted on: Jul 30 2016
If you you or a loved one suffers from TMD, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that around ten million Americans suffer from TMD. You may not know much about it, other than how it affects your life. So, here are a few facts about TMD that you may not already know:
- What is TMD? Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMD, is a condition that involves the joint that attaches the jawbone to the skull. TMD can produce unpleasant symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches, or even chronic ear pain. If left untreated, TMD can cause severe pain making it difficult to eat or speak, or can even result in a locked jaw. However, not all jaw joint discomforts are actually TMD.
- What causes it? One of the main causes of TMD is grinding of the teeth (also called Bruxism) during sleep or stressful situations. Other causes may be habitual clenching of the teeth, arthritis, misaligned teeth, or trauma to the head or neck.
- How is it diagnosed? TMD is typically diagnosed via a series of x-rays and a complex oral examination. During this examination, Dr. Gill will massage around the jaw to find the source of pain and discomfort, and to feel for any noticeable swelling. She will also ask you about the possible sources of stress and your overall health.
- How is TMD treated? Typically when you’re first diagnosed with TMD, mild-treatment is recommended such as eating soft foods, stress-reduction exercises, applying ice and heat, and taking a muscle relaxant. If the condition persists, a mouth protector to prevent teeth grinding may be recommended. Although it is sometimes necessary, it is rare for an individual suffering from TMD to have to undergo surgery.
Don’t continue to suffer the pain of TMD. Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Gill, today: (303) 277-9600.
Posted in: TMJ/TMD