Tempomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)
What is TMJ?
Your tempomandibular joint (TMJ), more commonly known as your jaw joint, allows you to open and close your mouth as you chew, speak or swallow. When unaligned the bones of the skull and jaw grate against each other causing various degrees and locations of pain.
How do I know if I have TMJD/TMD?
Tempomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) is highly misdiagnosed since the pain can effect multiple areas e.g. ears, neck, gums, often causing the patient to be passed down from one healthcare provider to the next. Dentist are normally the first to notice TMD because of the close association of the jaws and teeth, but many are not trained on how to correct the disorder. It is essential when treating TMD that you find a reputable doctor in treating a complicated subject.
A few common symptoms of TMJD/TMD include:
- Earaches, congestion or ringing in the ears
- Clicking, popping, locking of the jaw.
- Tired jaw when chewing or limited jaw opening
- Headaches, neck pain, or back pain Unlike extracting teeth, Dr. Brandi Lindsey, prefers to holistically treat TMD with orthodontia because it is reversible. Treatment begins with "Phase 1" using orthopedic appliances to regrow and reshape the jaw bone; "Phase 2" is initiated with braces to keep your jaw in the new correct position. Our office avoids using clear aligners to treat TMD because it limits how much we can manipulate the movement of every single tooth.
How can I treat TMJD/TMD?