At Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we are always so happy to see you walking into our office smiling! We realize that sometimes discomfort or pain is what brings you to our office and want to offer you long term relief from whatever your oral health issues are so that you can start smiling again. One of the most common issues that can cause discomfort in the mouth and jaw is known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD describes fatigue or pain in the jaw that is persistent and can cause loss of sleep, pain, and fatigue throughout the day.
What is the temporomandibular joint?
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that attaches your jaw to your skull. It’s one of the most complex joints in your body because it doesn’t swing just one way. The TMJ is made to allow you freedom of movement in just about any direction: up, down, side to side, and back and forth. Because it is so multifaceted, when things go wrong with it, it can be hard to pinpoint the issue. You rely on the TMJ to eat and speak properly.
Causes of TMJ disorders
There are many different reasons that people en up having issues with their TMJ. Direct trauma to the face or jaw is a common reason that people end up with TMJ issues. When your bite changes because of tooth loss or a shift in your teeth TMJ problems can arise. Many times the issue will arise seemingly out of nowhere.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of TMJ are as diverse as the causes of it. Some of the symptoms of TMJ include:
Our Treatment Methods
Our treatment methods vary depending on the severity and symptoms of your TMJ disorder. Our goal is to stabilize the joint and relieve the symptoms of TMJ. A conservative treatment method that we commonly use is to create a bite guard that prevents your teeth from coming together while you sleep. This can alleviate the symptoms tremendously. It is important to note that if we are treating your TMJ issue with a splint or bite guard if you notice the fatigue or pain worsens during your time with the treatment, call us immediately and discontinue use of the guard.
For those who cannot be treated with traditional mouthguards, we will sometimes opt for full mouth restoration therapy. This treatment option offers a much more in-depth restructuring of your mouth.
Hope For The Future
It can be daunting when you face TMJ disorders because sometimes there doesn’t seem to be any relief from the fatigue and pain associated with the condition. We want to assure you that there is hope! We have successfully treated many patients with TMJ disorders and can help you too!
Please call us today at (775) 430-5355 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you smile!