For those suffering from TMD, we here at Tropic Dental offer safe and effective treatment given by our highly experienced team of dentists. The temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD is a condition that affects the muscles located on our jaws, primarily the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is the joint the connects the temporal bones of our skull to the jaw.
What is TMD and What Are the Symptoms?
TMD is a condition attributed to various symptoms; for this reason, we highly advise you to seek professional help from our clinic for proper diagnosis. The most common sign that a person has TMD is facial pain, specifically around the jaw area. This pain is not only specific to the jaw area. It can also spread further onto the rest of the head, as well as the neck.
Along with the muscle pain, those who have TMD may also experience symptoms such as toothache, ringing in the ears, a stiff jaw that makes it difficult to chew correctly, difficulty in opening one's mouth, sleep disorders, and headache. If you experience any of the above, along with acute pain around your jaw, we highly recommend you schedule an appointment with us right away.
TMD Treatment Process
TMD is a rather complicated condition to treat. Treatment will vary from person to person, which is why a consultation with the dentist is the most vital step to take. Our treatment of TMD will depend on our dentist's evaluation and the severity of the condition.
Our clinic offers a wide variety of therapies to alleviate TMD. Ultrasound therapy combined with physical therapy is one of the most common procedures we offer. There is also the trigger-point injection wherein our dentist will apply a mild anesthetic to relieve pain. As the anesthetic begins to take effect, our dentist will be demonstrating jaw muscle exercise techniques designed to improve overall flexibility.
We also offer transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS. This therapy utilizes low-level electrical currents that stimulate the muscles and help it relax. This therapy is quite convenient as it can be done both in the clinic and at home.
Some of the more severe cases of TMD will require surgery. Our dentist will recommend this procedure only if all other techniques fail to deliver positive results. Some of the factors our dentist will consider before recommending surgery include checking the patient's jaw structure. There are cases wherein TMD is caused by a structural defect with the patient's jaw. For example, a displaced disk or abnormalities in the jawbone formation will require surgery to correct.
We will also seek a referral for a second opinion from another of our dentists if surgery is the only option available. If it is determined that surgery is the only solution, we will be guiding you through every step of the procedure.
Our clinic is well versed in treating TMD as well as other issues that revolve around the jaw joint. We are committed to providing the best experience and result with all our patients. If you have questions or concerns about dental health, please feel free to contact us at Tropic Dental at (239) 226-0023, and we will gladly assist you in finding the relief you are looking for.