Do I Have TMD/TMJ?

Cartoon of a woman with TMJ/TMD showing the cracking in her joints.
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Does your jaw pop and click when you chew? Do you have frequent migraines and facial pain? You may suffer from TMJ/TMD. Keep reading to learn more about TMJ/TMD. We’ll discuss the most common signs and symptoms, and some options for treatment.

What Are TMJs?

TMJ is shorthand for temporomandibular joints. They are the joints that connect the bottom jaw to the skull. They give the bottom jawbone the ability to move up and down and side to side. The joints play a crucial role in someone’s ability to eat, talk, yawn, and more.

What Is TMD?

TMD is an acronym for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. This disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joints are malfunctioning or damaged. There are many things that can cause an onset of TMD.

  • Arthritis
  • Dental Trauma
  • Stress
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Whiplash

Common Signs of TMD

Wondering if you have TMD? Every patient and case is different. However, there are some signs you can look for to see if you may have TMD.

  • Clicking & Popping Jaw When Chewing or Yawning
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Facial Pain & Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches & Migraines
  • Lockjaw
  • Tender Jaw Joint, Neck & Shoulders

If you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please schedule a consultation with Hillstream Dental to receive an official and accurate TMD diagnosis.

TMD Treatments

Depending on the cause and severity of TMD, treatments will vary. However, here are some of the most common treatment methods.

    Oral Appliance Therapy

    Oral appliance therapy is a retainer-like device that repositions the jaw. It is designed to relieve any excess pressure off the TMJs so that they can properly heal.

    Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy is a great option for patients suffering from TMD. It can help strengthen the joints and facial muscles to reduce, and ultimately cure TMD-related symptoms.

Schedule a TMD Consultation

Are you experiencing any of the above symptoms? At Hillstream Dental, our doctors have experience with TMJ/TMD and offer custom oral appliance therapy to treat patients suffering from TMD. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation and exam today! We look forward to seeing you in Rochester Hills or St. Clair Shores.

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