TMJ & TMD Treatment
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) also referred to as (TMJ), is a very painful and uncomfortable condition to endure in the jaw area. This disorder primarily targets the facial muscles and jaw line, causing shooting pain to course through the regions when attempting movement to the mouth. TMD is affiliated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ): located at the side of your head which coordinates the top of part of the temporal bone and the lower jaw bone known as your mandible.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows for the side-to-side movement and sliding motions of your jaw. Essentially the joint is responsible for allowing your mouth to chew food, adjustments to the jaw region and functionally allows for your mouth to help form words when speaking. Temporomandibular joint disorder results from injury to the jaw, arthritis or habits such as grinding your teeth at night. Different variations of pain can result from this disorder based off of how minor or severe your condition is.
These disorders may produce some of the following symptoms:
- Clicking or grating noises with jaw movement
- Pain opening or closing the mouth
- Limited movement of the jaw
In some cases, however, discomfort of the jaw is not linked to having TMJ disorder. Stress can play a huge factor to the making of muscles in the jaw tense, resulting to causing similar symptoms linked to TMJ disorder. Special imaging techniques may be needed to properly diagnose jaw problems and correct them accordingly.
Your course of treatment is dependent on the severity of your diagnosis and damage to the joint. In most cases, a Night Guard is the most effective to prevent damage caused by clenching and grating of the teeth.
Dr. Yurovsky will fashion your night guard to fit the structure of your bite by taking an impression of your teeth. The impression is then sent to a lab where your night guard will be constructed.