For those suffering from TMJ/TMD, many of the enjoyments in life such as enjoying favorite foods can become uncomfortable or even painful. Why spend time in pain when there are treatment options that can help you get more out of life? Treatments can range from changes in lifestyle to surgery depending on the severity of the case, and it is important to address the issue before it progresses too far.
TMJ/TMD is short for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, a class of disorders characterized by excessive tightness and pain around the joint of the lower jaw. Symptoms often include: tightness, soreness, clicking and sharp pain at the joint where the jaw meets the skull.
While it is difficult to pinpoint a specific culprit, TMJ/TMD can be caused by a number of different contributing factors. Often stress from daily life can lead to night-time teeth grinding and clenching, which can cause excessive wear on the joint where the lower jaw meets the skull, resulting in TMJ/TMD symptoms.
Those suffering from symptoms of TMJ/TMD should seek the advice of their orthodontist as soon as possible to begin treatment regimens. An orthodontist can identify via X-ray and visual inspection whether the symptoms a patient is experiencing are truly a result of TMJ/TMD and recommend a line of treatment. In many minor cases treatments can be as simple as finding ways to lower daily stress levels or applying hot/cold packs to the joint. In increasingly severe cases, options can progress to laser therapy and even surgical intervention should the muscles have no other way to relax.
No one should have to live with constant pain that can be helped. TMJ/TMD doesn’t have to be a daily struggle, but the first step is to contact an orthodontist who can help. The team at Burton Dentistry in Alexandria is ready to identify TMJ/TMD and help in identifying a treatment strategy that is right for you. Call Burton Dentistry today to book an appointment and start on the road to recovery!