More than 10 million Americans have TMD, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The condition can have a major impact on one’s life and cause significant pain and discomfort. Our dentists, Dr. Tom Hedge and Dr. Kathy Frazar, provide highly effective TMD treatment Houston patients can trust to bring real relief.
What is TMD?
- TMD stands for temporo-mandibular disorder, or a disorder that affects the temporo-mandibular joint. It is also commonly called TMJ or TMJ disorder. TMD is not one particular disorder, but is rather a blanket term for several different disorders that affect the temporo-mandibular joint and surrounding area.
- The temporo-mandibular joint connects the jaw to the temporal bone. The joint and the muscles in the surrounding area allow the jaw to move during chewing, talking, and yawning.
- Problems with the joint that cause TMD occur when the jaw is displaced or the muscles around the area spasm.
- There are a variety of factors that can cause or make someone more prone to TMD. These include: injury to the jaw area, a misalignment, arthritis, teeth grinding, excessive gum chewing, and high stress.
- Women are more likely than men to experience TMD.
Symptoms of TMD
A temporo-mandibular disorder can manifest itself in many ways. Some common symptoms of TMD/TMJ are:
- Jaw popping/clicking
- Jaw locking up/getting stuck
- Stiffness in the jaw
- Pain or aching in the jaw, ear, temple, and/or cheeks
- Facial swelling
- Chronic headaches or neck aches
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to seek help from a dental professional with experiencing treating TMD. There are a variety of effective TMD treatment options available when you come into our Houston office.
TMD Treatment in Houston
- Our Houston TMD dentists understand how painful and disruptive TMD can be. Their top priority is first to give you pain relief and second to treat the TMD at its source.
- Patients who are exhibiting TMD symptoms will undergo an extensive physical exam to rule out any other possible causes of the pain and discomfort. After a TMD diagnosis, the next step will be to create an individualized, effective treatment plan.
- The individual’s treatment plan will be determined by the severity of the case and the cause of the TMD.
- If the condition is due to a bite problem, we can provide you with a retainer to reposition your bite.
- If the condition is stress-related, our dentists will help you find ways to manage and relieve the pain-causing stress.
- We also provide our patients with a variety of at-home treatment methods for TMD pain relief, such as a diet of softer foods or using moist heat or ice packs.
TMD pain can become a major disruption in your daily life. If you are suffering from jaw pain or other TMD symptoms, do not hesitate to seek help from a dental expert. Our Houston TMJ dentists can help you overcome this painful and debilitating condition. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can experience TMJ pain relief.