TMJ & TMD - What You Need to Know?
TMJ, the temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects the jaw bones to the skull. Located on each side of the jaw, the joint plays a very important role in the proper functioning of the jaws, as well as the surrounding facial tissues. Therefore, when it is not functioning properly, some problems are bound to arise, as well as serious side effects, starting with severe pain. The improper functioning of the TMJ is referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), and it is a common and serious dental problem. Luckily, there are treatment options for the condition, which is where Portland City Dental comes in. We offer a wide range of dental solutions to patients suffering from TMD to help them ease the symptoms and control the condition.
What Causes TMD?
There is no specific known cause as to why the TMJ dysfunctions. However, several conditions are linked to its improper functioning. Below is a look at some of these causative factors:
Signs That You Need to See a Dentist
TMD is characterized by several signs and symptoms, and it is not always easy to know if they are related to TMD or other problems. However, some signs can help to tell you that everything is not okay, a sign that you need to visit a dentist for further diagnosis. Below is a look at these signs:
Diagnosis of TMD
While the above signs and symptoms can be an indication of TMD, a dental examination is required to properly diagnose the condition. The examination includes physical examination of the oral and facial tissues and muscles for signs of inflammation, the working of the TMJ when opening and closing your mouth, and dental imaging (x-rays and CT scans) to detect and identify damage to the joint. After the diagnosis, a proper treatment plan will be offered to help control the condition.
Treatment Options for TMD
When TMD is diagnosed, some (or combination) of treatments can be offered to help control the condition. These include:
Are you in need of help for jaw pain and other TMD symptoms? Portland City Dental can offer you the solutions you need. Call us today at (503) 867-8124 to schedule an appointment.