Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a serious oral problem that requires immediate dental attention. This condition may result to more oral problems that may not only affect your smile, but also your lifestyle, if left untreated.
What causes TMD?
TMD may be the result of a traumatic injury to the jaw, chin, or mouth. In some cases, misaligned teeth may also contribute to the condition—poor alignment adds stress on the back teeth, which may cause jaw pains. TMD may also be associated with teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism), as the action causes a great deal of damage to the teeth and mandibular joints on the jaw.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
TMD symptoms may vary. These may include, but is not limited to the following:
- Clicking or popping noise when opening and closing the mouth
- Headaches and earaches
- Jaw pains
- Gum recession
- Inability to bite properly
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Distinct Dental immediately for a check-up.
What are the available treatments for TMD?
Distinct Dental offers a range of TMJ treatment for Houston patients with TMD. We can provide orthodontic appliances, night guards, and splints if the condition was caused by improper bite. Dr. Rafiei can also conduct a bite analysis and thorough dental examination to determine any underlying oral condition that may have contributed to TMD.