Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) involve issues with the joint that connects the lower jaw bone (mandible) to the rest of the skull (through the temporal bone). This joint and the muscles attached are what enable the jaw movements used in activities such as chewing and talking. Disorders in this area can result from a range of causes, such as injuries due to accident (especially involving whiplash), and detrimental habits such as grinding teeth and clenching the jawbone due to stress. Symptoms of TMD include pain when moving the jaw, limited mobility of the jaw, swelling, and a sensation of facial fatigue. These symptoms can be felt either on one side of the jaw or on both sides.
An appointment at a dentist is required in order to diagnose TMD, since many of its symptoms can result from other dental issues as well. If the dentist sees that TMD is the cause of the symptoms, then a wide range of treatments can be prescribed. It is often suggested that patients first attempt non-surgical methods of rehabilitation such as jaw relaxation exercises, medications that reduce muscle swelling, refraining from applying pressure to the jaw, and lowlevel laser therapy to reduce inflammation. If none of these methods are effective, then more drastic surgical measures can be taken.
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, we suggest that you contact Studio City Dental Center and schedule an appointment in order to ascertain the source of your issues. As was mentioned earlier, these symptoms can be characteristic of several different issues, so a diagnosis is best left to an experienced professional.