TMJ & TMD Treatment

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- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder & Orofacial Pain

Are you suffering from pain or dysfunction of your jaw?

Combating jaw pain and managing chronic headaches is a complex problem which needs careful diagnosis, planning and treatment. You don’t have to put up with chronic headaches and jaw pain. There are a variety of treatments available depending on your unique needs.

TMJ & TMD Treatment

Overview

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder & Orofacial Pain

The management of chronic headaches and temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a complex problem in medicine. This complexity arises from the problems that can be associated with masticatory function. To effectively manage TMD and orofacial pain disorders, patients must be properly diagnosed so the correct treatment can be selected.

At ARID, our approach to diagnosis starts with a comprehensive review of the multiple factors which relate to TMD and orofacial pain disorders, and our treatments are based on sound scientific principles. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosis so the correct therapy will be selected for each patient.

Our team includes both dental and medical specialties in the management of orofacial pain. In addition, patients will be screened for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

Causes

Causes of TMJ Disorder / Syndrome

It is important to first explain that a “syndrome” is simply a collection of the symptoms and “disorder” is the actual condition.

Research has shown many factors may lead to this disorder – TMJ dysfunction (TMD). It can occur by itself or be a part of a more complex problem.

Statistics indicate the majority of TMJ disorders are caused by trauma.

There are 2 types of trauma;
  1. Macro-Trauma: sustained from a major injury to the joint
  2. Micro-Trauma: from a low-grade, repetitive injury.

At ARID we believe TMJ dysfunction is multifactorial. Some of the causes can include:

  • Automobile accident
  • Sports injury
  • Clenching and grinding of the teeth known as “bruxism”
  • Systemic diseases
  • Neuromuscular imbalances
  • Inflammation of the joint
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – osteoarthritis (degenerative)
  • Developmental abnormalities

Joint Disease & TMD

Another common cause is the displacement or dislocation of the disk located between the jawbone and the socket. This disk can also develop a hole or perforation, which can produce a grating sound with joint movement.

TMJ disorders can occur if:

  • The disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment
  • The joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis
  • The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact

Continual clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause the muscles which stabilize the joint to become fatigued from overwork.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs And Symptoms of TMD

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder vary and can be very complex to identify. Often the symptoms will involve more than one of the numerous TMJ components such as muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones and connective tissue. People with TMJ problems generally experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic recurring headaches
  • Clicking, popping or grating sound in the jaw joints
  • Ear aches, congestion or ringing ears
  • Limited jaw opening or locking
  • Dizziness
  • Pain when chewing
  • Neck and/or throat pain
  • Difficulty in closing the teeth together
  • Tired, tight jaws
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Scalp tenderness
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Pain in the tongue, gums or cheek muscles
  • Teeth grinding or clenching

Overview

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder & Orofacial Pain

The management of chronic headaches and temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a complex problem in medicine. This complexity arises from the problems that can be associated with masticatory function. To effectively manage TMD and orofacial pain disorders, patients must be properly diagnosed so the correct treatment can be selected.

At ARID, our approach to diagnosis starts with a comprehensive review of the multiple factors which relate to TMD and orofacial pain disorders, and our treatments are based on sound scientific principles. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosis so the correct therapy will be selected for each patient.

Our team includes both dental and medical specialties in the management of orofacial pain. In addition, patients will be screened for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

Don't put up with pain: contact us today

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Causes

Causes of TMJ Disorder / Syndrome

It is important to first explain that a “syndrome” is simply a collection of the symptoms and “disorder” is the actual condition.

Research has shown many factors may lead to this disorder – TMJ dysfunction (TMD). It can occur by itself or be a part of a more complex problem.

Statistics indicate the majority of TMJ disorders are caused by trauma.

There are 2 types of trauma;
  1. Macro-Trauma: sustained from a major injury to the joint
  2. Micro-Trauma: from a low-grade, repetitive injury.

At ARID we believe TMJ dysfunction is multifactorial. Some of the causes can include:

  • Automobile accident
  • Sports injury
  • Clenching and grinding of the teeth known as “bruxism”
  • Systemic diseases
  • Neuromuscular imbalances
  • Inflammation of the joint
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – osteoarthritis (degenerative)
  • Developmental abnormalities

Don't put up with pain: contact us today

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Joint Disease & TMD

Another common cause is the displacement or dislocation of the disk located between the jawbone and the socket. This disk can also develop a hole or perforation, which can produce a grating sound with joint movement.

TMJ disorders can occur if:

  • The disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment
  • The joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis
  • The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact

Continual clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause the muscles which stabilize the joint to become fatigued from overwork.

Don't put up with pain: contact us today

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Signs and Symptoms

Signs And Symptoms of TMD

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder vary and can be very complex to identify. Often the symptoms will involve more than one of the numerous TMJ components such as muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones and connective tissue. People with TMJ problems generally experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic recurring headaches
  • Clicking, popping or grating sound in the jaw joints
  • Ear aches, congestion or ringing ears
  • Limited jaw opening or locking
  • Dizziness
  • Pain when chewing
  • Neck and/or throat pain
  • Difficulty in closing the teeth together
  • Tired, tight jaws
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Scalp tenderness
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Pain in the tongue, gums or cheek muscles
  • Teeth grinding or clenching

Don't put up with pain: contact us today

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Booking Your Consultation For TMJ Treatment

Our team includes board certified specialists with extensive experience in the management of orofacial pain. To book your TMD consultation, please contact us.

Let's Talk

Our Friendly Team Looks Forward to Meeting You

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  • info@aridnw.com
  • 180 Linden Street
    3rd Floor Suite 8C

    Wellesley Massachusetts 02482
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