You don’t have to take medications for the rest of your life to control your discomfort. TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a likely cause of your concerns, and it is treatable.
Dr. Hammons has years of experience treating TMD successfully.
What is the Difference between TMJ and TMD?
You may have heard TMD called TMJ. The condition resulting in symptoms is called TMD, which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint itself, which includes the two joints on either side of the head connecting the lower jaw to the rest of the skull.
In many situations, the pain of TMD is usually related to the muscles rather than the actual joint. TMD can be caused by inflammation, bite misalignment, injury, and other factors.
TMD can cause various symptoms including:
- Back or neck pain
- Problems with posture
- Jaw soreness
- Limited jaw movement
Dr. Hammons has a well-trained and caring team who can help you overcome issues associated with TMD. We strive to align the TMJ properly to promote harmony between the jaw joints and muscles. With a balanced bite, symptoms disappear and the jaw functions properly.
Mouthguards are a simple, yet effective, option for TMD sufferers. The mouthguard holds the jaw in its optimal placement while you sleep, giving the muscles around the TMJ a break and aligning the jaw properly.
Botox is another viable treatment for TMD. With a few quick injections, we can relax the muscles that are causing the pain. When the muscles are soothed, TMJ pain goes away.
Come learn more about the innovative TMJ treatments that could change your life. We’d love to help you at Hammons Family Dental today!