TMD and How it Affects Your Wellbeing
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD, occurs when your jaw and the muscles that control it don’t work properly, causing severe pain and discomfort. TMD can affect kids, teens, and adults, but the exact cause of TMD is often difficult to determine. We do know that jaw issues are closely connected to oral health and genetics, and if left untreated, can lead to dental damage and neck and back problems.
Fortunately, TMD is easily treated. Dennis T. Nagata, DDS uses precise diagnostic tools in to pinpoint and treat the source of a patient’s discomfort.
TMD and Your Oral Health
TMD patients often experience problems when they try to open their mouth wide, and it is not uncommon for the jaw to become stuck in an open or closed position. Additional symptoms may include a clicking or popping sound when you bite, trouble chewing, and facial swelling. Because TMD can cause additional health problems, it’s important to seek the advice of your dentist if you experience symptoms. If left untreated, this jaw tension can cause clenching which results in damaged teeth, crowns, and bridges.
TMD and Your General Health
When it comes to TMD, dental problems are only the beginning. The most common issue associated with TMD is a dull pain in the jaw that comes and goes, but it is also tied to neck and back problems, sleep disorders, and chronic stress. These issues interfere with daily life and can impact your ability to perform normal activities comfortably. In some mild cases, the TMD symptoms will ease up with simple self-care practices, but if symptoms are persistent, professional treatment is likely the best option.
Patients at our Honolulu office benefit from Dr. Nagata’s expert diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan.
Treatment Options for TMD
Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Nagata will design a conservative treatment plan to help you reduce stress and pain. Treatment options may include physical therapy, mouth guards to reduce teeth grinding and jaw clenching, or a custom oral appliance to reposition the jaw. For younger patients, orthodontic treatment may be indicated, as jaw alignment often contributes to TMD. Oral surgery is sometimes used to adjust compromised tissues, but only in severe situations.
Call Our Dentist for TMD Treatment Today!
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, please call our Honolulu office to schedule a consultation. We are committed to easing your pain so that you can maintain a beautiful smile and optimum health.