The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone of the skull. It is one of the most intricate joints in our bodies, and it assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. TMD is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint, which can cause recurring debilitating pain in the jaw if left untreated.

Symptoms of TMD

TMD causes swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue, or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the mouth's opening and closing movement. The most common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Clicking/popping in the jaw joints when opening or closing the mouth
  • Persistent headaches and facial pain
  • Limited ability to open the mouth
  • Pain or tenderness in the neck or ear when talking, chewing, or opening the mouth wide

Since these symptoms may result from other conditions, a thorough examination is needed to determine an accurate diagnosis to design an effective treatment plan. As the best dentist in Mobile, AL, we offer a TMJ exam to evaluate the joint tissue in the "hinge" of the jaw.

Causes of TMD

There are several things that may cause TMD, including:

  • Injury to the jaw or neck
  • Teeth grinding
  • Sleep breathing disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation or erosion of the joint
  • Improper bite alignment
  • Stress

How to Treat TMD

The treatment for TMD depends on the severity of the case. Often it can be treated with common pain relievers and cold compresses to provide relief. For more serious cases, an oral appliance may be recommended, including a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding or an orthodontic appliance to redirect the TMJ joint position. The most severe cases may require surgery.

Make an Appointment with Your Dentist in Mobile, AL, Today!

As the best dentist in Mobile, AL, we are here to answer your questions about TMD, and provide you with treatment options. If you are suffering from TMD, contact us for an appointment. We want to help you find relief from your TMD pain.

Phone: (251) 479-5157

116 S. Florida St.,

Mobile, AL 36606

Dr. William R. O’Neal, Sr.

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