Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

Your jaw is one of the most versatile joints in your body. When it’s properly functioning, your jaw can help you chew, shout, talk, laugh and eat without any trouble. However, some individuals struggle to open or move their jaw for these simple activities we too often take for granted. Fortunately, Ballas Dental Care offers numerous state-of-the-art treatment options for those suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder.

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a condition in which the temporomandibular joint, or the hinge on which your jaw opens and closes, fails to operate properly due to deformation in the joint or muscles that move it. TMD may be inherited or caused by trauma to the jaw or muscles, such as a sports injury or whiplash from a vehicle collision. Other potential causes include:

  • Arthritis
  • Degradation of the joint cushion
  • Clenching or grinding teeth overnight or due to stress

Patients who struggle with TMD may experience:

  • Clicking, popping or grinding noises when they move their jaw up and down or side to side
  • Pain in the face, jaw, neck or shoulder area
  • "Lockjaw" when the jaw is stuck in an open or closed position
  • Trouble yawning, chewing or shouting
  • Swelling in the jaw area
  • Misaligned teeth while chewing or clenching your mouth shut
  • Headaches or toothaches
  • Tinnitus

TMD Treatments

Depending on the severity of your TMD, we at Ballas Dental Care can provide a variety of treatment plans to reduce or eliminate the discomfort and inconvenience associated with TMD. During your first appointment with a Ballas Dental Care professional, you’ll receive a comprehensive TMJ exam to determine the severity and cause of your symptoms. We will look for swelling, potential deterioration of or damage to the joint tissue and other factors that may indicate the presence and potential causes of TMJ/TMD. Together, you and your dentist will create a specialized treatment plan based on your results. These treatments may include:

  • Prescription pain relievers and cold compresses
  • Custom mouth guards or other orthodontic appliances
  • Surgical reconstruction of the joint or surgical realignment

Get back to living your life without the pain and inconvenience of temporomandibular joint issues. Contact Ballas Dental Care at (314) 432-5544 today to schedule your appointment!