logo

CALL US NOW 310-475-5598

TMJ Expert Dr. Sid Solomon DDS

HOW CAN YOUR DENTIST HELP WITH TMD?

TMD, more commonly called TMJ (which is actually the joint TMJ affects), is a jaw disorder that causes your jaw to be extremely tight and tense, resulting in a lot of pain all throughout the head and neck. It is estimated that more than 15% of adults in the US suffer from some version of TMD. If you’re among that 15%, it doesn’t matter how severe your TMD is. Any pain, popping, or sticking of the jaw is inconvenient and painful. So how can you get it treated?TMJThe answer is so simple that it is lying just under your nose. Who do you go to for most of your other jaw problems? That’s right—your dentist. So what can your dentist do to help relieve your TMD suffering?

A Real Diagnosis
Before anything can be treated, it must be properly diagnosed. Although TMD can be tricky to diagnose exactly (due to uncertain causes), in most cases your dentist will be able to do so after you tell him about your symptoms and he examines your face. Although this examination is usually just a simple physical examination, your dentist might also want to take x-rays or a plaster cast of your teeth.

The Best Treatment Possible
After diagnosing your specific case of TMD, your dentist will be able to give you instructions on how best to go about treating the problem. This will usually involve a combination of treating both causes and symptoms.

Medications
While you are working through the condition itself (TMD often involves therapy), you can take pain medications or heating packs to the area to help relieve the pain and relax the area.

Therapy—Physical and Mental
Stress can actually play a major role in TMJ disorders, and therefore you need to learn how to manage your stress. This means you might need to go to therapy to learn how to better relax. If your teeth are poorly aligned, or your jaw is extremely tense, your dentist may prescribe you some jaw exercises that will help loosen it up. This combination of therapies is usually effective at treatment.

Outside Help
If tooth alignment is causing problems that can’t be solved with repositioning exercises, your dentist may suggest orthodontic treatment. Smaller tools like mouth guards may also help with factors like bruxism.

Comments are closed.

Schedule a Consultation.

  • * required field

img
Schedule Appointment
star star star star star
by Anonymous on October 2, 2018

This is a great dental office. They greet you when you enter, and give you a status report on how soon you will be seen. They do thorough and professional work on you, so you are always satisfied with the results. And when you are finished, they are generous with their time planning your next visit, and answering any questions you might have. They also give fantastic advice on what you should be doing at home to maintain great dental health.

star star star star star
by CRYSTAL L on October 2, 2018

First class operation. Excellent care for over a decade!

star star star star star
by NAZY Z on October 2, 2018

On time and took care of exactly what I was concerned about.. Thank you had a great experience

star star star star star
by William (Drew) P on October 2, 2018

The costs are incredibly high, even with insurance. I would not go back and not refer anyone. I am going to try to be placed with a different primary care dentist.

star star star star star
by Kami C on October 2, 2018

He is very patient and kind when dealing with TMD. I also like his techniques he uses to get to the root of the issue and not just patch it up like many dentists I have dealt with before.

star star star star star
by VICTORIA B on October 2, 2018

Office very nice, and staff friendly. Dr Solomon very professional and full of expert information , would go back and tell friends, Thank You