The term “TMJ” refers to the temporomandibular joint. TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, is the disorder or pain associated with the joint.
TMD pain is multifactorial; it can be muscle, ligament or a dislocation of the disc that will cause pain.
There are several primary symptoms of TMD. Pain, headaches, sensitive teeth, broken teeth, and premature failure of restorations can all suggest TMD. Other symptoms of TMD include:
Once Dr. Seelye identifies the primary cause of the TMD, we can determine your treatment. If your pain is due to the joint being out of balance, wearing an occlusal stabilization appliance can be helpful. An occlusal appliance works by repositioning the jaw to realign them, and thus relieve pain and restore function. We may also recommend behavioral changes, including:
If you suspect you have TMD, or suffer from any of the symptoms listed above for an extended period, Dr. Seelye can provide the answers you’re looking for.