How is TMJ/TMD Diagnosed and Treated?
Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, are the set of small hinges on your jaw that allows it to move smoothly whenever you eat, speak, laugh, or yawn. Like other joints in the body, it can sometimes become strained or injured, leading to what’s called a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). TMD has a wide range of symptoms, and it can be difficult to identify on your own. Fortunately, Dr. Burdusi and Dr. Fiastro are specially trained to diagnose and treat these issues right in Harbor East. No matter what is causing your pain, we’ll be able to find the root cause and get you the relief you need.
Common TMD Symptoms
When you come in for your regular checkup, we will examine the health of your TMJ. We’ll test its range of motion as well as look to see if there are any signs that you’re grinding your teeth (a common side-effect). TMD can cause many types of issues, including:
- A stiff or sore jaw
- A jaw that pops or clicks all the time
- A jaw that becomes “stuck” opening or closing
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Neck pain
- Bruxism (nocturnal teeth grinding)
- A bite that doesn’t line up properly
We’ll look for all these symptoms, and if you’re experiencing any of them, we can recommend an array of treatments. TMD is often caused by stress, so treatment may be as simple as performing a few relaxing jaw stretches throughout the day. If it is more severe, however, we can always use more direct treatments such as an equilibration/occlusal adjustment or an occlusal splint, which you can learn more about here.
In the end, the goal at Harbor East Dental is to improve your overall health, not just your teeth. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms we listed above, be sure to contact us for treatment. We’ll be able to quickly diagnose the problem and provide you the relief you need in the most effective way possible. You don’t have to deal with the pain anymore. To learn more about this condition and how we can help you, please contact us today.