What is a TMD or TMJ?
A TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is one of a collection of disorders that affect your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your TMJ is the bone structure, muscles, and connective tissues that surround your jaw and control chewing.
When you experience a problem with this joint, you typically have pain and tenderness near your jaw, and also may have popping or clicking in the joint when you speak or chew. Left untreated, TMJ disorders can lead to chronic headaches, muscle pain, malocclusion, and tooth damage from grinding or clenching.
How is a TMD treated?
The expert and caring dentists at Madison Dental Studio treat TMJ disorders in many ways, ranging from non-invasive therapies and bite splints to injections. First, Dr. Pappa will evaluate the extent of the condition and determines what course of treatment is best for your unique situation. Usually, your dentist starts off with conservative treatments, such as self-care, physical therapy, and a bite guard to be worn at night. As part of your overall musculoskeletal structure, your TMJ may also benefit from posture correction.
If you don’t respond to more conservative treatments, we may recommend surgery or joint injections.