TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) can refer to several conditions that impact the jaw's alignment. Often marked by clicking and popping noises when biting, chewing, or speaking, TMD may also present with symptoms including:
- Persistent facial pain
- Soreness and tenderness in the jaw
- Chronic migraine-style headaches
- Pressure or pain behind the eyes
- Ear ringing and pain
- Uneven tooth wear
- Enamel thinning
- Gum recession
Some of the symptoms of TMD may even occur in other areas of the body, extending to neck and back pain, digestive distress, and changes in posture. When more serious TMD symptoms are present, treatment is the best option.
Treating TMD involves restoring alignment to the bite. How best to treat the condition depends on which underlying issues are causing the problem. Options available at our Sarasota office include restorative dental services and orthodontics to correct misalignment, and customized mouthguards that help to prevent issues like bruxism that can exacerbate TMD. A mouthguard can also improve bite alignment by relaxing and retraining the muscles in the jaw.
Once treated, TMD often goes away permanently, but some behaviors can lead to its reoccurrence. To help prevent TMD from coming back, we may recommend stress reduction practices that can help reduce clenching and grinding and work to prevent TMD from returning.
Does TMD Ever Just Go Away?
Not every instance of TMD requires treatment. Some cases are acute and temporary. These will likely resolve without any intervention. However, it is always a good idea to bring TMD symptoms to our attention. Even in cases that may self-resolve, treatment can help to restore comfort. In many cases, something as simple and non-invasive as an occlusal guard can address temporary bruxism and help prevent future issues, but each case is unique.
The dentists and dental professionals at The Smile Centre have decades of experience helping patients find optimal comfort through targeted and personalized treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of this common disorder, we are here to help. Please call us at 941-351-4468 to schedule a TMD evaluation and treatment consultation today.