Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMD) is a disorder that affects many Americans. Issues with your temporomandibular joint cause frequent headaches, teeth grinding, jaw pain, and other issues. Many individuals with TMD aren’t aware they have it. Not to worry, Dr. Petri and her staff have the skills and knowledge to alleviate pain or discomfort caused by TMD.
Pain associated with TMD can significantly alter the way patients perform day-to-day tasks. When patients come in with symptoms of TMD, we first look for clear signs of TMD, diagnose the issue, and determine a treatment plan. We will either prescribe medication or advise you on how to reduce pain. We don’t ever want our patients to suffer.
Reasons for treating TMJ:
The number one cause of TMD is misaligned teeth, typically referred to as, “bad bite.” When treating TMD, we try our best to avoid surgery. Our highly skilled staff are often able to treat TMD with medication or physical therapy. In severe cases, braces or surgery may be needed. Straighter teeth will get rid dizziness, headaches, and jaw pain.
Grinding of teeth generally happens at night while the patient is sleeping. This gradually wears down your teeth, causing other oral issues. We typically recommend a night guard to keep patients from grinding their teeth. It is usually worn at night but depending on your situation, you may be advised to wear it during the day and night.
Stress is a major cause of TMD. Symptoms directly related to stress can cause you to grind and clench your teeth. Neck pain and dizziness are often reported.
What does treating TMJ involve?
Since there are many different causes to TMD, it’s important for us to get to the root of the issue. The first step in treating TMD is to perform a comprehensive examination of the head, jaw region, and bite. We then take X-ray images and assess the patient’s medical and family history.
Once we’ve determined the cause of your TMD, we will take the necessary steps to alleviate pain and discomfort. We will suggest an over-the-counter or prescription medication and/or a night guard.
With Petri Dental, you no longer have to suffer from TMD. Call us today at (714) 881-5500 to make an appointment.