The prevalence of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) among adults in the United States is 5%-12%, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. At Del Mar Dentistry Center in Del Mar, California, Dr. Rokhsar Eizadi knows that the symptoms of TMJ disorders go beyond a painful jaw and include neck pain and headaches. Dr. Eizadi and her skilled dental staff offer innovative and proven-successful solutions to help you find relief from the complications and pain of TMJ disorders and excessive teeth grinding and clenching. Call or schedule here on the web to learn more.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) refers to the hinge joint that attaches your jaw to the bottom of your temporal skull bones. You have two temporomandibular joints, one on either side of your jaw that is surrounded by muscles that enable you to open and close your mouth, chew your food, talk, and yawn. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) refers to problems with your temporomandibular joint.
The exact cause of TMD isn’t clear, but some dental experts point to jaw bone or muscle complications from a variety of causes, including:
TMD might also occur as a result of grinding or clenching your teeth and putting excessive pressure on the joint, which usually occurs unknowingly while you sleep.
The primary symptom of TMD is moderate to severe pain, soreness, and discomfort in the joint and surrounding area. Other symptoms of TMD include:
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common cause of problems associated with the jaw hinge joints. Some people find they’re subconsciously grinding their teeth due to anxiety and stress.
When you receive treatment for TMD, you can expect an assessment of your current dental health, health concerns, and TMD symptoms. Dr. Eizadi uses these factors collectively to devise an individualized treatment plan and determine the right treatment approach for your case.
Your treatment plan might include using a splint or night guards to prevent daytime or nighttime teeth grinding, and medications, such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories.
Dr. Eizadi typically recommends a method to replace missing teeth like bridges and crowns, braces, or aligners to correct your bite, balance biting surfaces, and restore your smile.
Find relief from TMJ pain and use the online booking tool or call the office to get started.