TMD is short for temporomandibular disorder. We all have two temporomandibular or jaw joints. Unfortunately, many people start to have pain, limited opening, and painful pops or clicks over time in one or both of these joints. Just like other joints in our body, the muscles, ligaments, discs, and bone can all change over time and cause discomfort.
Other symptoms of TMD include:
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw
Should you notice any of these symptoms, let Drs. Heath and Amy Copeland know. They can help indicate the presence of TMD and create an effective treatment just for you.
TREATMENT OPTIONS AT COPELAND FAMILY DENTAL
While, every case is different and may require different treatment, we always try to treat your symptoms quickly but with long-term health in mind. We first look at whether your TMJ symptoms are an acute problem or, unfortunately, something that has been bothering you for a long time. Dr. Heath and Dr. Amy will start with the most conservative treatment to treat your TMD. For some patients, this can mean simple recommendations like rest, warm moist heat, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy stretches for the neck, back, and jaw. For other individuals, an occlusal guard to be worn during the day or night might be appropriate.
Dr. Heath and Dr. Amy will follow up with you after your initial treatment during your regular six-month checkups at our Highlands Ranch dental office. If necessary, we will adjust your occlusal guard for a better fit.
WHY CHOOSE COPELAND FAMILY DENTAL FOR YOUR TMJ TREATMENT?
When it comes to relieving pain, experience matters!
- Dr. Heath and Dr. Amy consider themselves lifelong learners and try to attend continuing education on TMJ issues as often as possible. Both the doctors have attended lectures by Jeffrey P Okeson, DMD who is considered to have written the most complete book on occlusion, TMD, and orofacial pain. Dr. Heath and Dr. Amy have also both completed the USAF weeklong course in orofacial pain. During their Advanced Education in General Dentistry residencies, they both worked chairside with orofacial pain specialists.