TMJ and TMD Treatment at Portal Dental Care
Struggling with jaw pain, headaches, or trouble chewing? You may be experiencing symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder, commonly known as TMD. This condition affects the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), a crucial component of your jaw responsible for activities like chewing and speaking.
What Causes TMD?
Factors such as stress, persistent jaw clenching, and teeth grinding can contribute to TMD. These habits exert extra pressure on the TMJ, leading to the discomfort and symptoms associated with the disorder.
Recognizing the Symptoms
Key indicators of TMD include:
- Pain when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw locking in open or shut positions
- Ear pain or headaches
- Audible clicking or popping sounds during jaw movement
- Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism)
It’s worth noting that these symptoms could be linked to other health issues, so proper diagnosis by a medical professional is crucial.
At Portal Dental Care, we provide comprehensive consultations to diagnose TMD accurately. Short-term relief options include pain relievers and hot/cold compresses. For those dealing with teeth grinding, a custom-fitted night guard can protect your teeth and potentially alleviate your symptoms.
In rare, severe cases, surgical intervention may be considered. However, most patients find relief through less invasive treatments focused on behavioral changes, such as improving jaw muscle use.
If you’re experiencing symptoms that you suspect may be related to TMD, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us. Let’s work together to find a solution that brings you relief and improves your quality of life.
Contact us today to embark on your journey to better oral health and comfort.