Hello and welcome back to the Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Blog! We love providing the public more dental knowledge and this blog has done exactly that. Today we'll be discussing the TMJ and risk factors, symptoms and suggested treatments for TMD."If you want to converse with me, first define your terms."-Voltaire
First, a quick moment of clarification. The "TMJ" stands for the Temporomandibular Joint. If someone says they have "TMJ," it is equivalent to saying "I have knee" or "I have an elbow." Therefore, the correct reference to a poorly functioning jaw joint is referenced as "TMD." TMD stands for Temporomandibular joint disorder and lets the dentist/listener know that your jaw joint is working incorrectly or causing pain.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0TqzSFqQfc[/embed]
Next, I'd like to discuss some common risk factors, symptoms and treatment suggestions. Although there are many risk factors associated with TMD, the most common are listed below:
Not sure if you need to be seen by a dentist or specialist for your jaw issues? Some common symptoms are listed below but the biggest thing to keep in mind is to attack the issue early before chronic inflammation begins inside the joint. Symptomsinclude but are not limited to:
Lastly, we always suggest treatment early in the process to address any potential future discomfort. For example, during times of excessive pain in the area, treat the joint like you would a sprained ankle.
Thank you for checking out our blog post and remember, dentistry is not expensive but neglect is. Have a wonderful week and enjoy this summer!