When your jaw joint is not functioning ideally, it can create a number of problems. TMJ is actually your temporomandibular joint. Having a problem with your TMJ is often called TMJD or TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder.
TMD covers a number of different problems. Some of the main symptoms include:
- Teeth grinding
- Facial pain
- Jaw pain
- Swelling near the jaw joint
- Clicking, popping or grinding
- Sounds like sand when you open or close your mouth
- Locking open or closed
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Inability to close your teeth together properly
When caught early, the symptoms of TMD are treatable through non-invasive appliance therapy, like wearing a nightguard. A nightguard also has the added benefit of protecting your teeth if you clench or grind while you sleep.
If left untreated, your symptoms and condition may worsen and require a surgery called arthrocentisis, or reconstructive surgery. Leaving your symptoms untreated can also severely affect your quality of life by disrupting your sleep, causing pain, creating dental problems, and causing unnecessary stress.
Dr. Sean Drower has received specialized training to treat your TMD symptoms effectively. If you believe you suffer from TMD, call our Keene, NH office to schedule an evaluation to restore your jaw joint health and bring comfort back to your life.