Have you heard of TMJ disorders or TMD? Frisco dentist explains the signs and symptoms
TMJ or temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to your skull, so a TMJ disorder (also called TMD) causes pain in the jaw joint and muscles around it. At Legacy Ranch Dental, we've noticed patients with TMD typically grind their teeth. Patients come in describing a clicking or popping sound when they open and close their mouths. TMJ is usually accompanied by headaches, neck pain and sore shoulders.
Frisco dentist says people with arthritis or a jaw injury can also experience TMJ. TMD signs and symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in and around the jaw
- Difficulty yawning or talking
- Aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Locking of the joint, making it hard to open and close the mouth
TMJ disorders and co-existing health problems
The dental community is still researching whether there's a common cause between fibromyalgia and other health problems with TMD. Chronic fatigue, sleep problems and rheumatic diseases such as arthritis may have a link to TMJ. Since rheumatic diseases cause inflammation and stiffness of joints, muscles and bone, it's not surprising it can affect TMD.
Legacy Ranch Dental explains TMD treatment
Frisco dentist says the first thing to do is to visit your dentist and explain the pain or discomfort you're experiencing. Your dentist will examine you, check for cavities and any other dental health problem and continue to diagnose. If TMJ is the culprit, there are many ways to relieve you of it depending on the source. For example if you clench or grind your teeth, a night guard might help. The more serious conditions involve treating improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws.
At Legacy Ranch Dental, dentist Dr. Osborne's recommendations include muscle relaxants, biofeedback, aspirin and night guard depending on the severity. Because of its complex movement and unique makeup, the jaw joint and its controlling muscles can be challenging to treat when problems arise.
If you experience TMJ and live in the Frisco area, visit Legacy Ranch Dental for a diagnosis. Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne will examine your teeth and recommend a dental treatment plan to relieve you from the discomfort and or pain. Dentist Dr. Osborne is a former Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Dental Society and holds an MBA in healthcare Administration, so you know you'll be taken care of.
Call (972) 908-5057 for your consultation today!