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Symptoms Associated with TMD Problems that We Can Help Eliminate
Posted on 6/21/2021 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
If you suffer from the pain and discomfort of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), we can come to your rescue. You do not have to suffer these symptoms if you can help it.
How We Can Help You Overcome the Pain Associated with TMD
TMD can lead to problems with recurring headaches or issues with eating, talking, or biting. If so, you need to speak with us to determine how we can help you in relieving or eliminating the problem. We can provide various treatment options, so your jaw works better, and you experience a more harmonious bite. This type of therapy's primary goal is to relieve joint pain or reduce the muscle spasms that accompany TMD. This can be achieved by using an anti-inflammatory muscle relaxant, pain reliever, or by injecting BOTOX in the masticatory (chewing) muscles in the face.
In some cases, steroids may be injected to reduce any resulting inflammation and discomfort. To support professional care, we may ask patients to keep the teeth apart when they eat or swallow or eat softer foods. It also helps to exercise the jaw, maintain a good posture and apply heat and ice to an inflamed site.
When Surgery Is Advised
While the above solutions help in reducing the symptoms associated with TMD, they are not permanent fixes. To correct a TMD disorder that interferes with a patient's life, we often advise a patient to receive bite correction surgery. That is because the problem may not be due solely to stress but to a poor bite. When you have issues with how your teeth fit together, you may need a bite adjustment or equilibration. In some cases, orthodontia treatment (with or without jaw surgery) or updated dental restorations may be advised. If your TMD case is severe and you have not received any relief from more conservative therapies, you need to learn more about bite correction surgery.
Would you like to know more about how we can help you lessen the pain associated with TMD? If so, give us a call and schedule an appointment today.