TMD Disorder Treatment

Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a group of more than 30 conditions that cause pain

and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement.

TMJ dysfunction (TMD) causes pain and tenderness in jaw joints, surrounding muscles, and ligaments. Causes include teeth grinding, jaw injuries, arthritis, and everyday wear and tear. TMJ treatment varies from person to person and may include medication, physical therapy, custom mouth guards, and jaw surgery.

What is TMD or Temporomandibular Dysfunction

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is the compromised movement of the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. The temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to your skull and helps you chew through rotation and sliding of the joint. Compromised function of the joint can lead to joint or muscle pain, clicking, and, in extreme cases, reduced opening of the mouth.

How to Treat TMD

TMD can be treated with many options depending on the severity. Some of these options include:

  • Bite Splint Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Botox Injections
  • Surgery/ Orthodontic Treatment in severe cases (A referral to an orthodontist or oral surgeon may be made in these situations.

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