Temporomandibular joint disorder is also referred to as TMJ disorder, TMD, or TMJ. It is a condition of when your bite is misaligned, causing stress and strain on the jaw joints. The jaw joints are made to withstand a lot of pressure, considering how much we bite and chew. When your bite is out of line, the jaw is not able to function as it should. Even the slightest uneven bite can contribute to a chain reaction of pain that radiates into your head and throughout your body.
What are symptoms of TMD?
If you suffer from TMD, you may experience pain in the mouth, face, or head. Pain often radiates to other areas of the body. Sometimes, TMD causes debilitating migraines that interfere with your daily activities. Also, TMD is known to cause ear pain or ringing in the ears. Often times patients who have TMJ disorder may hear popping or clicking sounds in their jaws when they bite or chew. There are a variety of symptoms associated with TMJ disorders and these symptoms may vary for each patient. In fact, some patients may be unaware they have a TMJ disorder, which is precisely why routine dental checkups are important for your oral health.
TMD is caused by various factors including:
- Missing teeth
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Teeth that are broken or chipped
- Injuries to the jaw or face
- Uneven bite
- Clenching or grinding of teeth
How is TMD treated?
Treatments for TMJ disorder vary for each patient, depending on the cause of their pain. Sometimes oral appliances can be worn that help reposition the jaw into a comfortable, natural bite. Other treatment of TMJ disorder may include orthodontics or even surgery. Replacing missing teeth may also help improve your TMD. Dr. Lippi will determine the best modality of treatment during your consultation.
How is TMD diagnosed?
Diagnosis TMJ disorder can be simple and is easily treatable. The important factor is, do not ignore your symptoms of TMJ disorder. Dr. Lippi and staff understand how TMJ disorder not only causes pain and discomfort, but how the disorder interferes with your life.
What should I do if I believe I may have TMD?
If you believe you may suffer from a TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Lippi’s office for a consultation. Allow us to help set you free from TMJ disorder. We can implement a treatment plan that not only reduces or eliminates pain, but we also focus to treat the cause of your TMJ disorder. We welcome patients from Los Gatos, San Jose, Saratoga and the surrounding areas.
To schedule your next visit, contact Dr. Lippi’s office. We welcome patients from Los Gatos, San Jose, Saratoga and the surrounding areas.
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