TMJ disorder or temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is an uncomfortable condition of the jaw that can cause chronic or severe pain in your jaw, face, ears, neck, and head. TMJ specialist Joseph Z. Yousefian, DMD, MS, PS, of Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens, and Adults in Bellevue, Washington, is an expert in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of TMD-related issues. If you are suffering from TMD, call to schedule a consultation or book online today.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is a problem with the movement of one or both of the hinging joints that attach your jawbones to your skull.
TMD affects the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and bones surrounding your jaw and can cause a multitude of painful symptoms as a result. Though TMD is a widespread problem affecting between 10 million and 30 million Americans, treatments aren’t always enough. Since TMD can present itself with so many different symptoms, it is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. It is important to consult your dental or orthodontic specialist to diagnose and treat your TMD pain correctly.
TMD can cause chronic or severe pain. It may be short-lived or long-lasting. One or both sides of the face or the neck and shoulder can be affected. Common symptoms include:
While it is not known for sure what causes TMD, dental specialists believe it comes from conditions that injure or put stress on the muscles or jaw. Causes may include:
Minor TMD conditions often go away without interventive treatment and by reducing the strain on the joint. Resist chewing gum, eat softer foods, and give your jaw a rest from talking.
If your TMD continues to bother you, your dental specialist may suggest remedies such as anti-inflammatory medications, dental guards, relaxation therapy or moist heat or cold packs. Other treatment options include:
To learn more about treatment options for TMD, call TMJ and Orthodontic specialist Dr. Yousefian of Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens, and Adults to schedule a consultation or book online today.