TMJ Disorder (TMD)
TMJ is an acronym that stands for the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull, and it controls many important functions, including chewing. When the TMJ becomes affected for any reason, TMJ disorder (TMD) is the result.
Causes of TMD
Possible causes of TMD are broad and varied. Some of the most common causes of TMJ disorder include stress, teeth grinding or clenching, and arthritis.
Many patients suffer from TMJ symptoms for years without realizing where the problems are coming from. Some of the TMJ disorder symptoms to watch out for include:
- Pain when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Buzzing in the ears or ear pain
- Jaw or facial pain
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening the jaw
- Jaw becoming stuck when opening or closing the mouth
If any of these symptoms are affecting your life, come talk with Dr. Michael Keating about TMJ. Dr. Keating has helped many TMJ patients overcome the disorder and eliminate their symptoms for good.
If you are experiencing unexplained pain or discomfort, come into Keating Family Dental for a TMJ analysis. We can accurately diagnose your condition and determine the best treatment for your unique symptoms.
More temporary solutions include hot and cold compresses, over-the-counter medications, and massage. Lasting TMJ solutions include botox, surgery, and oral devices.
Dr. Keating frequently fashions custom-made night guards for his TMJ patients. This oral device will prevent the patient from grinding or clenching the teeth throughout the night. When you minimize the pressure you are placing on the jaw, the muscles will relax and your symptoms will diminish.
You don’t have to put up with the headaches or jaw pain any longer! Give us a call today at Keating Family Dental to get a professional opinion.