Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

temporomandibular joint disorder clenching bruxismTemporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) is a dental disease that affects millions of people every year. In order to diagnose, treat and overcome TMD, it is important to detect its symptoms very carefully and receive the right treatment.

What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?

TMD happens when the joint that connects the jaw to the skull is damaged due to various causes. This joint that is located at the bac
k of the cheekbone is almost like a hinge that keeps the jaw connected to the skull. If you are suffering from TMD, you probably have a painful and damaged temporomandibular joint that keeps getting worse every day you deny its treatment.

What Are The Causes of TMD?

TMD has many various causes, but the most common causes can be summed up as the following:

* Teeth grinding and teeth clenching
* Bruxism
* Involuntary habits
* Stress
* Various types of arthritis
* Injuries to the jaw, teeth or skull
* Dislocation of the disc between temporomandibular joint and skull
* Genetic factors

What Are The Most Common Symptoms of TMD?

* Pain or tenderness in your face or jaw joint area
Difficulty in openingand closing your mouth
Sounds in the jaw joint when you move your jaw
Headaches or earaches
Ringing in the ears

Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorders Painful?

It is safe to say that people who suffer from TMD experience a severe amount of pain with the addition of feeling tightness and sharp pain in the jaw, as well as their entire face. Other side effects of TMJ include headaches, migraines and cluster headache syndromes. All of these symptoms and pain sessions tend to go away once the TMJ condition is fixed by a professional dentist who specializes in this area.

How Is TMD Treated?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome treatments have many different varieties which are chosen according to the patient’s individual case. One of the most common TMD treatments is creating a custom-made dental appliance that is similar to an athletic mouth piece/mouth guard. Another option is physical therapy, which is a longer treatment plan that involves jaw, mouth, and face exercises, as well as hot and cold compresses to help relieve some of the pain.

In order to discuss further TMJ treatment options and seek professional help in order to fix your TMJ issue in the long run, please contact our Zekeriyaköy office in Istanbul and we will help you schedule an appointment in the nearest possible future.

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