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TMD Treatment & Bruxism

If you have jaw pain, trouble opening/closing, difficulty chewing, and soreness in your jaw, face, neck and back; contact us to schedule a TMD consultation with Dr. Dexter. We are a qualified provider of TMJ appliances (splints) for the treatment of TMD.

What is TMD?
TMD is an acronym for Temporomandibular disorders, an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the chewing muscles and the surrounding hard and soft tissue of the head and neck.
What’s the difference between TMD/TMJ?
You may hear people complain of having TMJ. For clarification though, TMJ is the temporomandibular joint. Conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint and result in discomfort, pain or further health conditions are referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
What are the symptoms of TMD?
Symptoms of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) include decreased range of motion in the jaw, jaw pain or tenderness, jaw clicking, locked jaw or limited opening of the jaw, headaches, facial pain, neck pain and tooth pain or wear. Proper diagnosis is the key to determining proper treatment.
What is the treatment for TMD?
Treatment of TMD can include splint therapy to reposition the jaw, tooth adjustment to adjust the bite, physical therapy, acupuncture and sometimes surgical treatment. Most TMD conditions are self-limiting and will resolve on their own, and when treatment is needed it is always the goal to provide the least invasive treatment possible.
What are the causes of TMD?
Tempromandibular disorder, TMD, has a multitude of symptoms which is why there is no one single cause of the problems. Among the common causes of TMD are the following, but not limited to; trauma to the head,neck, back, shoulder or jaw, severe tooth grinding or bruxing, trauma from dental treatment, aggravation of the muscles of mastication and improper tooth alignment with tooth grinding.
Who is at risk of TMD?
About 6-12% of the population will experience symptoms of TMD at some time and it presents over a broad age range. The peak occurrence is between 20-40 years of age and is more prevalent in women than men.
How do I know if I have TMD?
If you suspect that you have problems that may be related to your TMJ, the best place to start is to have an evaluation by a dentist who is experienced in treating TMD. This evaluation will provide a diagnosis of your condition and determine if you are in need of or a good candidate for treatment of TMD.

What can I expect from a TMD consultation?

 
Your initial TMD consultation will include, but is not be limited to a thorough review of the history of your chief complaint, evaluation of your temporomandibular joints (known as TMJ), muscles of mastication, dentition and related structures of the back, head and neck.

Radiographs and/or X-rays will be taken as needed.