Discover Relief: Your Guide to Temporomandibular Disorder Treatment 

At Ridgewood Dentistry, serving Ridgewood, New Jersey we specialize in providing effective treatment for Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). TMD can significantly impact your daily life, causing pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement. However, there is hope. Our team at Ridgewood Dentistry is here to address your concerns and provide personalized treatment options tailored to your needs. Read on to find answers to some frequently asked questions about TMD treatment.

What is Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?

Temporomandibular Disorder, commonly referred to as TMD, is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles that control jaw movement. It can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty with jaw movement, chewing, and speaking. TMD can be caused by various factors, including teeth grinding (bruxism), arthritis, jaw misalignment, stress, or trauma to the jaw.

What are the common symptoms of TMD?

Symptoms of TMD may include:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Facial pain or swelling
  • Limited jaw movement

How is TMD diagnosed?

Diagnosing TMD involves a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and medical history and a physical examination of your jaw joint and surrounding muscles. In some cases, imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs may be recommended to assess the condition of the temporomandibular joint.

What treatment options are available for TMD?

Treatment for TMD depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause of the disorder. At Ridgewood Dentistry, we offer a range of treatment options, including:

  • Lifestyle changes: Avoiding hard or chewy foods, practicing stress-reduction techniques, and adopting good posture habits.
  • Oral appliances: Custom-made mouthguards or splints to alleviate jaw pain and prevent teeth grinding.
  • Medications: Pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: Exercises to improve jaw mobility, strengthen muscles, and relieve tension.
  • Dental treatments: Orthodontic treatment to correct bite alignment issues, dental restorations to balance the bite, or dental surgery in severe cases.

How effective is TMD treatment?

The effectiveness of TMD treatment varies depending on the individual and the chosen treatment approach. Many patients experience significant relief from their symptoms with conservative treatments such as lifestyle changes, oral appliances, and physical therapy. In more severe cases, a combination of treatments may be necessary to manage symptoms effectively.

How can I schedule a consultation at Ridgewood Dentistry?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of TMD and seeking relief, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ridgewood Dentistry. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you find relief from jaw pain and discomfort. To schedule a consultation, please call us at (201) 448-8605. Take the first step towards a pain-free smile today!