Temporomandibular Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment Options
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is the joint that connects the lower jaw to your skull, says Dr. Hamid Jabbary, the dentist at Port Jefferson Dental, PC. Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD, is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint. This disorder can develop as a result of negative personal habits like grinding of the teeth and nail biting, as well as physical ailments like arthritis and stress. Dr. Jabbary, a dentist with experience in Port Jefferson cosmetic dentistry procedures, outlines some of the symptoms that an individual suffering from the disorder may experience:
- Clicking, popping in the jaw
- The jaw actually locks in an open position and can’t be closed
- Muscle aches around the jaw area
- Pain in the ear
Dr. Jabbary, a dentist that works with Port Jefferson dental implants, stresses the importance of visiting the dentist on a regular basis – every six months – not only to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy, but also to catch abnormal symptoms and assess situations before a disorder develops or gets worse. In almost all cases, TMD can be successfully treated, says Dr. Jabbary. Severe cases may result with surgery in the joint, but that is the last resort, he says. In minor TMD cases, usually some adjustment to the teeth can solve the problem, Dr. Jabbary says. For those who grind their teeth at night, wearing a mouth guard while you sleep can help to eliminate the grinding. Sometimes using muscle therapy methods and muscle relaxers also works, says Dr. Jabbary.
In each TMD case, first, Dr. Jabbary does a complete evaluation of the patient to see what the cause is and then tries to eliminate that cause. Because there are several different treatment options and each case is different, identifying the underlying issue is the first step to treating TMD. In some cases, if the problem is pinpointed early enough, TMD can reverse itself, says Dr. Jabbary.
Dr. Jabbary, a dentist who performs Port Jefferson cosmetic dentistry procedures, says that if patients have their full complement of teeth and their bite is fine, then they don’t usually develop TMD. So, keeping up regular maintenance with your dentist is important. Even cosmetic procedures like dental implants, that replace missing teeth, can help prevent TMD.
Like with many other dental procedures, the costs associated with TMD treatment options vary case by case. Often times, says Dr. Jabbary, insurance covers minor TMD treatment costs, as well as costs associated with jaw surgery.
For more information on TMD, contact Dr. Jabbary as his Port Jefferson Dentistry office today.
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
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