TMD Treatment

Are you experiencing pain or discomfort in your jaw joints and muscles? You may be suffering from TMD. Get in touch with Philadelphia Dental Smiles today to get effective dental treatment and relief for TMD.

What Is TMD?

TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. It is sometimes referred to as TMJ, the abbreviation for the group of joints and muscles in the jaw. The disorder can have many causes, including:

  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Misalignment of the teeth and jaw
  • Injuries to the jaw or surrounding area
  • Dislocations of the jaw
  • Arthritis

How We Treat TMD

TMD can have many different treatments depending on the cause. In dentistry, we target TMD caused by grinding mainly. To combat this, we provide our patients with nightguards to wear while sleeping. These help to protect the teeth and minimize impacts on the jaw. We may also prescribe medications to help with TMD in some cases. Examples of medications we may prescribe include muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories.

Early Intervention is Key: Learn the Signs of TMD

Getting control of TMD early on is essential. The longer it goes unaddressed, the more likely it is to have more severe consequences. Make sure to keep an eye out for the symptoms of TMD. These include popping or locking of the jaw, pain, swelling, and headaches. You may also experience ringing in the ears and pain in the neck or face.

If you suspect TMD issues, give us a call. We’ll complete a thorough assessment and together, we’ll decide how to move forward. Call today!