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TMD / TMJ Disorder Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) refers to a range of health conditions in the jaw, face, head & neck. Chronic pain in jaw muscles and facial nerves may be caused by TMD, which some estimates say affect over 10 million Americans, including children and adults.

What is the TMJ?

The TMJ is the jaw joint, also called the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone to the temporal bone (skull). This joint along with other muscles and ligaments enables you to speak, yawn, chew, and swallow with ease.

The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body and also one of the most frequently used. It can rotate and move forward every time you chew, swallow, speak or yawn. To locate the joint yourself, place a finger over the joint in front of your ear. Apply pressure with the finger on this joint as you open your mouth wide enough to feel it move. You have located the TMJ.

Even a relatively mild problem with the TMJ can lead to more complex issues in the mouth, head, and neck.

What are TMJ disorder symptoms?

Often, people do not know about this issue until undergoing a diagnosis with a certified TMJ dental specialist, such as Dr. Moradi.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder / TMD may show up progressively over time, and every patient exhibits these symptoms differently.

Common signs of TMJ disorder to look for include:

  • Grinding or chipping of teeth
  • Sensitive teeth, without other dental problems being present
  • Jaw pain
  • Inability to fully open your mouth
  • Frequently broken crowns
  • Popping or clicking noise while you chew, bite, or yawn
  • ADHD
  • Tinnitus (noise or ringing in ears, without infection)
  • Dizzy feeling
  • Sleep apnea disorder
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Perceiving noises inside your head
  • Mild-to-severe headaches

What causes the TMJ disorder?

There are many different causes of this disorder, including jaw injuries, tooth damage, jaw or tooth misalignment, overbite or underbite, bad posture, and even gum chewing. Stress is also a potential factor.

 

What treatment is available for TMJ disorder?

Diagnosing the disorder as early as possible increases the likelihood of saving teeth and best treating the related health problems. The first stage is a diagnosis is when Dr. Moradi takes measurements and collects data on the joint misalignment. From here, she can create the proper treatment plan. At Dental Wellness Group in Houston, we take a conservative, non-surgical approach. Our office has in-depth experience and specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with TMD.

Dr. Moradi is one of only a few doctors in Houston who has a full seven years of advanced training in the treatment of TMJ conditions, as received from the Pankey Institute and the OBI Institute.

To find out more about TMJ and its treatment, as well as other specialized dental services available at Dental Wellness Group, please call us at 713-590-977