The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex part of your face essential for many functions. Pain and discomfort in this region are common symptoms of a TMJ disorder, or TMD. If left undiagnosed and untreated, this will develop into chronic pain throughout life.
Thankfully, Dr. Mamrick and the team at Ron Mamrick DDS provide treatment options to relieve pain and restore both the health of your jaw joint and range of jaw movement. In fact, dentists are some of the best professionals when treating a temporomandibular joint disorder due to their extensive experience working with the teeth, mouth, bite and jaw.
What are the Symptoms of a TMD?
TMJ disorders can develop for various reasons, but some of the most common include:
- Misalignment of teeth
- Grinding your teeth, usually at night
- Trauma to the face
- Facial injury
If dental problems like a misaligned bite or injury are not treated, they can lead to a TMD later on. This is why it is so critical to receive dental and oral health care as you need it.
TMD symptoms can occur in multiple different ways, both in the joint region itself and beyond. Most often, this is what our team sees at Ron Mamrick DDS:
- Pain, popping and clicking sounds in the TMJ
- Tenderness in the jaw region
- Limitations in motion in the region
- Headaches and migraines
- Shoulder and neck pain and tension
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office at (804) 423-1600 to make an appointment with Dr. Mamrick and learn more about treatment.
What Are My Options for Treating a TMJ Disorder?
Including you in all dental health decisions and providing the necessary information for you to understand your treatment options is our priority at Ron Mamrick DDS.
To start, we will closely examine the TMJ region for physical symptoms like difficulty opening your mouth or any clicking or popping noises. We’ll also ask you about any tenderness or sensitivity you feel in the area and the intensity of these feelings.
From here, we will evaluate what is causing your pain. If the cause is something more serious and outside our range of usual expertise, we will refer you to a specialist in our wide network. This may include a professional like an oral surgeon for significant facial or jaw injuries.
Using a Mouth Guard to Treat TMD
A typical issue we see when treating patients for TMD is a history of night grinding, or clenching your teeth at night. If you previously had issues like worn, cracked or chipped teeth from grinding, you are at a higher risk of developing TMD.
If it is something like grinding your teeth at night, the solution may be a custom-made mouth guard to prevent your teeth from gnashing together while you’re asleep. Our practice offers nightguard services and can help you get the proper dental appliance for treatment.
Lifestyle Changes for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Oftentimes, a few simple lifestyle changes can provide a world of relief for TMD. This includes special exercises to relax the jaw, eating softer foods and devoting more time to stress management. This will help you reduce jaw clenching throughout the day and at night, if that is something you do.
Looking for TMD Treatment in Midlothian and the surrounding Richmond?
At Ron Mamrick DDS, our expert team specializes in preventative dentistry solutions that preserve the health of your mouth, jaw, teeth and gums. Call our office at (804) 423-1600 to discuss TMD and your options for diagnosis and treatment.