If suffering from daily discomfort in your jaw or surrounding area has simply become a normal part of your life, we encourage you to speak with us about TMD treatment. The longer you ignore the signs of a jaw problem, the greater your chances of experiencing long-term damage that we may otherwise easily prevent with effective care. By learning more about TMJ disorder (TMD) and what to expect from treatment, you may find yourself experiencing great relief and the ability to enjoy an improved quality of life. Learn more below:
TMD Quiz: True or False?
- True or False: Your TMJs are types of teeth located in the back of your mouth.
- True or False: Severe trauma is the only underlying cause of TMD.
- True or False: TMD symptoms include a variety of problems in your jaw joints as well as discomfort that radiates out as far as your shoulders.
- True or False: You may experience locking, clicking, popping, and other frustrating symptoms associated with TMD.
- True or False: We offer non-invasive treatment with oral appliance therapy to improve your comfort and oral health.
Quiz Answer Key
- False. TMJ is short for “temporomandibular joint” or your jaw joints. You have one on either side of your head, acting as a sort of hinge that connects your jaw to your cranium. You may open and close your mouth and move your jaw from side to side because of these joints.
- False. There are many underlying causes that may contribute to the development of TMD. While trauma – or a serious impact – may be one cause, other problems like bruxism (teeth grinding), stress, and misalignment may also result in jaw joint function problems.
- True. Your jaws support a great deal of pressure, particularly when you chew. Many muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue surround and support your TMJs. This means that when your jaw joints are not functioning well, discomfort may spread outward into your face, your neck, and your shoulders.
- True. When your TMJs function beneath their potential, noises and displeasing sensations may occur.
- True. You may be able to enjoy relief from symptoms and protection against long-term damage by wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard.
ABOUT YOUR MANSFIELD DENTISTS:
Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dental Associates rely upon their years of experience, training, and cutting-edge technology to offer patients expert dental care at each and every visit. They listen to each patient’s concerns and offer gentle, informative guidance about future treatments. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call (817) 473-6227. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris proudly treat patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.