It’s estimated that around ten million Americans suffer from TMD, so if you or someone you love suffers from it, you are not alone. Many people don’t know much about it, however. But if it is affecting the quality of your life, here are a few facts about TMD and how it can be treated:
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), is a condition that involves the joint that attaches your jawbone to your skull. It can produce debilitating symptoms such as severe headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and even chronic ear pain. If left untreated, the pain and symptoms of TMD can make it difficult to speak or eat, and may even result in a locked jaw. Keep in mind, however, that not all jaw joint discomforts are actually TMD. Dr. Goldberg can best determine at your initial appointment if you are suffering from TMD.
- One of the main causes of TMD is the habitual grinding of the teeth during sleep or stressful situations. This is called Bruxism. Other causes may be habitual clenching of the teeth, arthritis, misaligned teeth, or trauma to the neck or head.
- A diagnosis of TMD is typically made via a series of x-rays and a complex oral examination. During this examination, Dr. Goldberg will massage near your jaw to find the source of your pain and discomfort, and to feel for any noticeable swelling. He will also ask you about your overall health, and the possible sources of stress in your life.
•How is TMD treated? Generally, when you are first diagnosed with TMD, mild treatment is recommended such as eating soft foods, focusing on stress-reduction, applying ice and heat, and possibly taking a muscle relaxant. If the condition persists, a mouth guard or protector to prevent teeth clenching or grinding may be recommended. Although it is sometimes necessary, it is rare for someone suffering from TMD to undergo surgery.
It’s not necessary to suffer the pain of TMD. Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Goldberg, today: 973-328-1225.