What is TMJ/TMD?
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joints, often referred to as TMJ, are the complex jaw joints on either side of your head. They allow you to eat, talk, and move your jaw in different directions.
Temporomandibular joint disorders can be tricky to recognize but may be responsible for chronic pain in the jaw, face, neck, and head.
What kind of treatment does Dr. Williams offer for TMD?
Treatments for TMD tend to be non-surgical, using splints or mouthguards for less severe cases. These dental appliances can help reduce the amount of stress on your jaw muscles.
Sometimes TMD can be the result of a problem with occlusion, or how your teeth fit together. Dr. Williams can identify what’s preventing your jaw from being able to close properly and adjust your bite. Sometimes this is as simple as doing some minor reshaping of your teeth.
What can be done at home to get relief from TMJ pain?
You can get some temporary pain relief from TMD symptoms by:
Alternating between applying heat and cold to the site for 10 minutes at a time
Avoiding opening your jaw too wide for too long
Staying away from chewy or hard foods
Getting physical therapy or medications as recommended by Dr. Williams
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