Do the muscles in the sides of your jaw hurt, or click when you open and close your mouth? The talented team of dentists at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland, can determine if you have temporomandibular disorder or TMJ. Some studies estimate that the number of Americans that suffer from TMJ is as high as 10 million. Drs. Mahvash Zulfaghary and Zehra Asad can provide you with solutions to alleviate your discomfort. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Temporomandibular disorder, or TMD, refers to problems with your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which connects your lower jaw to your face. TMD is frequently referred to as TMJ, though it’s technically a misnomer.
TMJ is built around a complex combination of sliding and hinge-like mechanisms that allow you to talk, chew, and yawn. If you put your fingers slightly in front of your ears and open your mouth, you should be able to feel the joints at work.
TMD generally causes pain in your TMJ and the areas around your face and jaw. It can affect either one or both sides of your face. If you have TMD, you might experience:
It’s unclear what exactly causes TMD, but it’s believed to be tied to problems with the joint itself or the muscles of your jaw. Some common causes include:
Dr. Zulfaghary and Dr. Asad will determine whether or not you have TMD by examining your jaw and your bite. In some cases, they might take x-rays, MRI, or CT scans in order to get a more detailed look at what the problem in the joint might be.
If your TMD is mild, they might recommend a number of home remedies, such as:
For moderate TMD, they might recommend:
If your TMD is more severe, they might refer you to an orthodontist or an oral surgeon, who can perform a number of more advanced surgeries to reduce the effects.
Don’t let TMD affect your well-being for any longer. Call or book an appointment online today and let the team at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn relieve you of your pain.