Treating Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is a disorder affecting the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) – the joint on either side of your face that allows you to open and close your mouth – muscles and teeth.
When these joints and muscles aren’t working as they should, they can cause severe headaches, muscular pain that can travel down to the neck and shoulders, pain while chewing and difficulty in opening and closing the mouth,
What causes it?
Most common causes include stress and genetics or the bite. Stress might cause teeth clenching and grinding which in turn causes severe tension in the joint and muscles.
How do we treat it differently?
Most of the time, dental professionals will not associate the pain with the Temporomandibular system but rather with the teeth themselves. So, the teeth are treated with root canals, crowns or fillings but the root of the problem is not being treated, the TM system.
We focus on getting the correct diagnosis, as we believe the root of the problem must be looked at before any treatment can be decided upon.
One of our main diagnostic tools is a KOIS appliance, which is a transparent device that fits over the front teeth. The appliance relaxes the muscles, relieving the stress on the teeth and joints.
Once this is achieved, we work on figuring out the diagnosis and the treatment.
Make an appointment now if your jaw hurts during chewing or if you get frequent headaches!