TMJ (TMD) Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you have probably noticed that the more research you do about your condition, the more you find the acronyms TMD and TMJ used interchangeably. Many patients wonder what the difference is, or if there is one at all. TMD refers to the actual disorder in which your jaw joint is misaligned. Meanwhile, the joint itself – your temporomandibular joint – is abbreviated TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint itself is a ball-and-socket joint in your jaw. This joint makes it possible to open and close your mouth, or chew, talk, and yawn. When your jaw becomes misaligned from trauma or crooked teeth, these normal tasks can become painful, causing a wide range of symptoms that can affect your entire body. However, you are not alone. TMD affects as many as 15% of all Americans.
Common symptoms of TMD include:
Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
Limited ability to open the mouth very wide
Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth (which may or may not be accompanied by pain) or chewing
A tired feeling in the face
Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite – as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
Swelling on the side of the face
How Is TMD Diagnosed & Treated?
Because many other conditions can cause similar symptoms to TMD – including a toothache, sinus problems, arthritis, or gum disease – Dr. Ceraso conducts a careful patient history and physical examination to determine the cause of your symptom.
After a thorough exam and diagnosis a myomonitor (tens unit) is used to relax the muscles and then a custom mouth guard it made to help relieve the joint.
Dr. Ceraso utilizes advanced technology to treat this condition with a Myo Monitor stimulating device and a custom appliance called a night guard.