In a dental setting, TMJ and TMD are used interchangeably. The two terms are connected, but in reality stand for different things. TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, while TMD is temporomandibular joint disorder.
You’ll likely sometimes hear TMJ used in place of TMD. As we said, among dentists, they mean much the same thing. Both are used when describing pain in the area of your jaw. Pain and discomfort in the muscles that move the jaw and the joints that connect the mandible (jaw bone) to the skull are serious.
What causes TMD?
TMD can be caused by a few things, including:
- An injury to the jaw.
- Clenching teeth.
- Grinding teeth.
- Improper jaw alignment.
If you or a loved one notice pain or a clicking in the jaw, TMD may be developing.
This disorder can lead to facial pain, headaches, ringing in the ears, difficulty chewing, or several other uncomfortable symptoms. We want to help you avoid the pain and difficulty connected with TMD.
Is there treatment for TMD/TMJ?
Yes, there is! You don’t have to suffer in silence. Whatever the cause of your TMD, we are happy to help you find a solution.
TMD/TMJ therapy can involve any number of techniques and technologies. Taking ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain medications can help with some symptoms, but there may be other remedies available to you, ranging from stress relief techniques to open-joint surgery. Treatment depends on the cause of your TMD.
At Porter Dental Health Clinic, we offer both mouthguards and therapy for TMD/TMJ.
Our mouthguards will be fitted perfectly to your mouth and provide your jaw with support as you sleep. They are designed specifically to reposition the jaw and raise the bite of your jaw, so you can’t clench or grind your teeth.
Therapy for your TMD will be discussed on a case-by-case basis to determine what will be most beneficial for you.
If you suspect you might be experiencing the beginnings of TMD/TMJ, give us a call. We’ll set up an appointment and get you in to see our team right away.