If you have chronic jaw pain or have noticed a clicking or grating sound when you open and close your mouth, you might have TMJ disorder. Eric Wilhelm, DDS, provides exceptional treatment for TMJ disorder at The Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, Maryland. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking online, and make your jaw pain a thing of the past.
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint.” It’s a sliding, hinge-like joint that connects your jawbone to your skull’s temporal bones and enables you to speak, talk, and yawn.
TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a condition that affects the proper functioning of your temporomandibular joint. It can make it painful to move your jaw or open and close your mouth and can cause headaches and neck aches.
Many people frequently and incorrectly say “TMJ” when they’re actually referring to “TMD.” TMD is the abbreviation for the disorder, whereas TMJ is the abbreviation for the joint.
TMD occurs more often in women than in men and is most commonly seen in patients between the ages of 20 and 40.
TMJ disorder can cause:
The type and severity of symptoms of TMJ disorder vary widely from person to person. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with The Wilhelm Dental Group.
There is no single cause of TMJ disorder, but rather a variety of conditions that can lead to it, such as:
Ultimately, TMJ is caused by any factor that can throw off the proper functioning of your jaw joint.
Treatment for TMJ disorder begins with a consultation. The team at The Wilhelm Dental Group performs a full occlusal analysis to determine the severity of your condition, then devises a plan that treats your TMJ appropriately.
It’s always best to start conservatively with the treatment of TMJ disorder before moving on to more complex or invasive procedures. Some of your initial treatments might include:
If a conservative approach doesn’t alleviate your problem, the team might recommend more involved treatments to restore proper functioning to your jaw, like braces or joint injections.
Whatever path you need to free you from TMJ disorder, The Wilhelm Dental Group can help guide you. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.