Millions of people today struggle with TMJ disorder, or also referred to as TMD. These people also typically struggle with severe headaches on a daily basis and may not even realize that they have the disorder. TMD is characterized by bruxism, or the grinding of teeth, typically at night time. This clenching and grinding at night is easily overlooked at first. However, after a certain amount of time, the symptoms will become very evident in the form of headaches, jaw pain, and even damaged teeth. If you live in Houston, Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS wants to help you overcome your TMD struggles.
The difference between TMD and TMJ can be confusing at first, however, the difference is very simple. The two terms are commonly used interchangeably, however TMJ refers to the name of the temporomandibular joint, and TMD refers to the disorder involving the joint and its muscles. Simply stated, when people typically refer to TMD or TMJ, they are referring to the same thing.
Most people become aware of the fact that they have TMD when they start to experience significant jaw pain, especially when they wake up in the morning. Eventually, it can lead to severe daily headaches and damage to your teeth. If you suspect that you have TMD in Houston, you should visit Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS as soon as possible for a thorough examination. The dentist will examine your jaw as you move it around and listen carefully to the sound that it makes. The dentist will observe your range of motion and press on different areas of the joint in order to assess whether or not you likely have TMD. If your dentist suspects that you have TMD, they may order x-rays in order to confirm.
Sometimes, TMD does not require any treatment. This is because the main cause of TMJ disorder is extreme stress. If you’re able to manage your stress, the disorder may disappear with time. In some cases, though, TMD is persistent and will not easily go away on its own. In this case, your dentist may prescribe anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants. One of the most common treatments for TMD is a night time mouth guard.