Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is sometimes called TMJ. Although, TMD is the more correct term. That said, both TMD and TMJ refer to problems with the temporomandibular joint of the jaw. In fact, it’s the hinge-like joint that connects the jaw to the skull. Many people suffer from TMD issues and finding the right doctor is a very important part of the success of your treatment. Dr. Paredes have helped many patients suffering from jaw locking, pain radiating in front of, above and behind the ear, and some patients wake up with tight muscles around the jaw. Other patients, can’t stand the amount of pain radiating through their face originating at the TMJs.
Patients are welcomed to call for a complementary consultation with Dr. Paredes. Since the condition can often be relieved and corrected, there is much to be gained, including freedom from pain.
Dr. Paredes DDS – TMD or TMJ Treating Dentist For Disorders of the Jaw Joint
The Temporomandibular joint allows you to move your jaw up and down or side to side. That, of course, allows you to chew. It allows you talk and to yawn. Although, when issues arise in the joint and the muscles that control it, those normal functions produce discomfort and even pain. In fact, not just one but both jaw joints can even be involved.
What kind of issues are found with TMD? Let’s take a look at some now. Bear in mind, even the best dentists like Dr. Parades at New Smile Prosthodontics may not able to remove all the pain form the patient on occasions.
Grinding or clenching your teeth – Grinding or clenching action impacts the jaw joint. It puts excess pressure on that area.
Movement of the soft cushion or disc – Your Temporomandibular joints each have a ball and socket. A disc between these features acts as a cushion. TMD results when it’s out of place.
Arthritis – Sometimes, your jaw joint can get arthritis, just like other joints in your body.
Stress – Even stress can become a symptom of TMD. Have you ever tightened facial and jaw muscles, or clenched your teeth in the face of stress? In fact, people can do that without thinking, such as while driving home from work.
Symptoms include pain, tenderness, or even swelling in your face and jaw joint. It can also extend around the ear and even to the neck and shoulders. It happens when chewing, opening your mouth wide, in the morning when waking up and sometimes it just hurts 24/7.
Many times people don’t attribute symptoms like frequent headaches to TMD. Although, it can definitely be the culprit. Headaches can become quite lingering and painful.
People often complain about their jaw clicking or popping. That’s another symptom of TMD. You could even hear grating sounds when opening the mouth or chewing.
If you think you have TMD, don’t wait. Check with a TMD or TMJ treatment dentist for disorders of the jaw joint. Check with Dr. Paredes about a treatment plan aimed at making your TMD a thing of the past. In fact, you can avoid more serious complications of TMD by catching it early. If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today at (619) 548-4825 (San Diego) or (951) 696-8200 (Murrieta).