Learn About TMJ/TMD
The TMJ or temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull which are in front of each ear. The problems with your jaw and muscles in your face are what’s called TMD or temporomandibular disorders.
There are no specifics as to why these disorders develop, but injuries to the jaw, joint or muscles in the head and neck can lead to TMD. Whiplash, grinding or clenching your teeth, arthritis and stress can all contribute to TMD.
How Do You Know If You Have TMJ/TMD?
We have a number of patients coming in with TMD symptoms. Dental patients complain of pain and discomfort around their jaw area.
For some, it affects just one side of their face, for others, both sides. We tend to have more women patients complaining about TMD.
Here’s a list of some of the TMJ complaints:
- Tenderness in the jaw, neck and shoulders
- Discomfort when trying to open the mouth
- Trouble chewing and eating
- Jaw gets stuck or locks in a specific position
- Swelling of the face
- Headaches and dizziness
- Ringing in the ears also known as tinnitus
If you’re experiencing some of these TMJ disorders symptoms, visit Dr. Gatgens to find out how you can get rid of the discomfort and pain.
You’ll be examined, answer questions about your health history and discover the why you’re suffering TMJ pain.
You may have a problem with your bite, arthritis in the jaw, even sleep position.
Ease the Pain of TMD
If you suffer from TMD and are in the Dickson, TN area, visit Accent Smile Center. You’ll work with our dentists to find the source of your discomfort. If it’s due to issues with you bite or jaw, we can fit you for a bite device to correct the problem.
Here are some other things you can try to alleviate the pain:
- Don't chew gum
- Eat smaller bites
- Alternate chewing between both sides of your mouth
- Explore stress-relief techniques