If you don’t really know what to make of TMD (TMJ disorder) then it’s hard to know whether you need TMJ disorder treatment. If you’re not even sure what a TMJ is, you’re certainly not going to be able to respond to our question, “Do you have any problems with your TMJs?” Let’s get you started at the very beginning, so you gather up all the essential details you need. Then, of course, we can keep an eye on your oral structures during your dental checkups. As a result, if any strain or issue occurs, we can treat you immediately.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
First things first: Your TMJs are your jaw joints. They rest on either side of your head, where they allow your jaws to experience motion. The abbreviation TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. When the joints experience any kind of impaired function, which might include popping, locking, clicking, inflammation, discomfort, decreased range of motion, then we call this TMJ disorder. Once we diagnose the issue, we provide you with treatment.
TMJ disorder treatment is a very gentle process. Fortunately, it’s also highly effective and simple to achieve. The drug-free, nightly process requires you to wear a mouthguard that’s comfortable and that will protect your jaw joints from tension and strain.
What Happens Without Treatment
Don’t think you really need treatment? Figure you might just wait a while to see how things go? When you avoid TMJ disorder treatment that we have deemed necessary, your TMJ problems will worsen, which can lead to headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, difficulty chewing and speaking, and more. Choose treatment!