Common symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
- Jaws that get "stuck" or "locked" in the open- or closed-mouth position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
- A tired feeling in your face
- Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite, as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
- Swelling on the side of your face
Treatment Options for TMD/TMJ:
Medications: Your dentist can prescribe higher doses of anti-inflammatories if you need them for pain and swelling. He might suggest a muscle relaxer to relax your jaw if you grind or clench your teeth. Or an anti-anxiety medication to relieve stress, which may bring on TMD. In low doses, they can also help reduce or control pain.
A splint or night guard: These plastic mouthpieces fit over your upper and/or lower teeth so they don’t touch. They lessen the effects of clenching or grinding and correct your bite by putting your teeth in a more correct position. What’s the difference between them? You wear night guards while you sleep. You use a splint all the time. Your dentist will tell you which type you need.
Dental work: Your dentist can replace missing teeth and use crowns, bridges or braces to balance the biting surfaces of your teeth or to correct a bite problem.
The Bioesthetic approach is a method designed to get to the root cause of your problems by wearing a dental appliance called a MAGO (maxillary anterior guided orthotic). Our patients wear this appliance 24 hours / 7 days a week and even eat with it. Their symptoms often lessen or disappear when wearing the MAGO.
We make adjustments to the MAGO weekly for about 12-14 weeks to stabilize your bite. Once the bite is stabilized, we are able to make a full diagnosis and treatment plan for your oral rehabilitation and treatment of your headaches. Should you choose to go the Bioesthetic route, we offer complimentary mini-seminars monthly for interested patients.
Talk to your dentist about these treatments for TMD and which are right for you. Schedule a consultation at Tennyson Lake Dental; call us at 972-378-3601.