Given the added stressors of living through a pandemic, we at West Arvada Orthodontics are receiving more and more calls from individuals seeking pain relief for themselves or their teens. If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic facial, jaw or recurring headaches, you’re not alone…and we can help.
Millions of Americans suffer from the same symptoms. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Dysfunction, or TMD.
What is TMD?
Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) is a diagnosable disorder affecting your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) which connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth which can cause pain, inflammation and even damage in and around these joints which maybe unpleasant and even restrict movement.
Symptoms of TMD include:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Facial pain
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Pain chewing
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
Should you notice any of these symptoms, call Dr. Jennifer Friedman at West Arvada Orthodontics. She will do a thorough assessment to determine if your symptoms are an indication of TMD and create an effective individualized treatment for the relief of your pain.
What to do
If you believe you, a loved one or family member is suffering from TMJ / TMD please schedule a complimentary and individualized consultation with our specialist, Dr. Jennifer Friedman at West Arvada Orthodontics.
How Are TMJ And TMD Treated Professionally?
Depending on the severity of your needs there are different treatment options available. In many cases orthodontic treatment with braces, Invisalign or other clear aligners are recommended to realign your teeth and jaw in order to address the underlying cause of your pain. In other cases, Dr. Jennifer Friedman may recommend an oral appliance such as a splint, a modified retainer night guard.
For TMJ treatment in Arvada, click below or call our office at (720) 800-9331 today. At West Arvada Orthodontics we will recommend the individualized treatment you need to eliminate your pain.
For a short video on TMD / TMJ please click below: