TMD/TMJ TreatmentIndianapolis, IN
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are a pair of hinge-like joints that connect the jaw and the temporal bones in your head. These are the joints that allow you to move your jaw side to side and up and down as you yawn, talk, and eat. With TMD/TMJ treatment, we can address the source of jaw pain for lasting relief in the temporomandibular joints and other affected areas.
TMD/TMJ treatment is available at Indiana Craniofacial Center PC in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. While there are other options for temporary relief, we strive to provide a solution for lasting relief with customized treatment. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can find the long-term solution you need.
Call 317-559-7456 to set up an appointment and find out more about TMD.
Common Causes of TMD
According to WebMD, the exact causes of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are not always known. With a variety of possible causes, it is crucial to pinpoint the exact source of the pain when treating it. As a craniofacial pain specialist, we can help to provide the specific treatment a patient needs.
Trauma to the jaw, head, or neck, can lead to TMD. In other cases, clenching, grinding, or constantly biting down on hard things can damage the joints. Arthritis can also damage the joints in the jaw. A common culprit that causes TMD is clenching the jaw in response to stress, also impacting the facial muscles.
Symptoms of TMD/TMJ disorders that require treatment
TMJ disorders are known to cause severe discomfort and pain. The pain can be temporary, or it can be chronic and last many years. Symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorders include:
Pain from TMD can occur in the shoulders, neck, jaw, and face. Some patients also experience pain when they speak, chew, or open their mouths. TMD can also cause toothaches, earaches, hearing problems, neck aches, upper shoulder pain, and dizziness.
Inability to Open the Mouth
TMJ disorders can lead to a person having difficulty opening and closing the mouth. At times, the person's jaw can become locked or stuck in a closed or open position.
Sounds Coming From the Jaw
TMJ disorders can also lead to popping or clicking sounds coming from the jaw when opening or closing the mouth. These popping sounds can sometimes include pain.
TMD can lead to an uneven bite, which, in turn, makes it difficult to chew correctly or fully close the mouth.
How TMD/TMJ Treatment Works
Treatment for TMD varies based on each patient's unique circumstances. While medication can help provide temporary relief, it will not be enough to treat TMD fully. As a craniofacial pain specialist, we can help provide lasting treatment for this condition.
One option will involve the patient wearing a customized mouthguard that helps prevent the teeth from grinding together when the patient is asleep. Other treatment options can include electrical stimulation. Treatments like Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS) can help manage the chronic pain caused by a TMJ disorder.
We can schedule follow-up appointments if the patient needs, so we can help ensure the treatment is working properly. Over time, the patient will be able to experience lasting relief and continue living their life to the fullest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need treatment for TMD?
While the level of pain from TMD can vary per patient, the pain will only worsen the longer a patient avoids treatment. Untreated cases of TMD can lead to the lower jaw shifting backward. This can lead to sleep-disorder breathing problems along with chronic head and neck pain. Patients may end up struggling with other health issues like depression and weight gain due to sleep issues.
If my ears constantly feel clogged, is that a possible sign of TMD?
Yes. Feeling like one's ears are clogged is a symptom of TMD. TMD can also make your ears feel like they are ringing, leading to loss of balance or dizziness. While there are other causes of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional evaluation and assessment to be certain.
How long does it take to treat TMD?
While we can help to provide lasting relief to TMD treatment, the length of time for a treatment plan will vary per patient. After we assess the extent of the TMD symptoms and customize a treatment plan, we can determine the length of time.
Does treating TMD require surgery?
Surgery is only used to treat TMD when all other options, like medications and PENS, have been unable to address the problem. Most cases of TMD do not require it.
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