Don’t know the difference between TMD and TMJ? You’re not alone. Many people use the terms interchangeably. However, TMD refers to Temporomandibular Disorder, which affects the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding tissues, while TMJ stands for the Temporomandibular Joint.
But what is that, really?
The TMJ connects your jaw to your temporal bone. When you open and close your mouth, chew, or talk, you are using your TMJ. If you are having problems with the TMJ and surrounding muscles, it is said you suffer from TMD.
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How Do I Know I Have TMD?
There are several signs that you might be suffering from TMD. They include:
Headaches and Earaches | When your TMJ and surrounding muscles become inflamed, aches can radiate from your ear, causing headaches and ear discomfort.
Facial Discomfort | Your face might feel uncomfortable, tight, or you might see swelling on the side of your face.
Clicking | When you open and close your mouth, you may hear and feel your jaw click.
Tired Jaw | Talking and chewing can tire your jaw quickly, causing jaw fatigue.
Stuck or Lock Jaw | Your jaw may become stuck, or locked in place. This can happen when you open your mouth widely, such as while yawning.
Grinding Teeth (Bruxism)
TMJ disorder side effects are often caused when you grind your teeth at night or even during the day when you are involved in stressful situations. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding are also referred to as bruxism and can lead to more serious issues like chronic headaches, teeth damage and jaw malfunctions.
Bruxism Mouth Guard
If you are experiencing tension headaches or jaw discomfort, you may have issues with bruxism. With regular dental checkups Dr. Endres can spot the signs of teeth grinding before significant damage is done. If you are clenching your jaw at night, we can provide you with a custom-fit mouthguard to reduce the damage being done to your teeth and help eliminate headaches that can result from grinding your teeth. I some cases, the mouthguard can also help to improve your breathing for a better night’s sleep.
Migraine Relief and Jaw Pain Treatment with Botox
Because Botox and Juvederm relax muscles, Dr. Endres can use it for migraine relief or the treatment of jaw pain caused by conditions such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). If you experience chronic pain, we know how it can disrupt your life. Dermal filler treatments may help manage that pain, and we are happy to be able to offer this alternative treatment for TMD and its associated pains and headaches.
Recently got Botox for migraines and it was life changing, haven’t had a migraine for two weeks!!!! Really happy with my results! 🙂 ~ Hannah J.
Benefits of TMD/TMJ Treatment
From reduced discomfort and swelling, to less jaw fatigue when eating, TMD/TMJ treatment can improve your quality of life. When you’re not suffering headaches or worrying about your jaw locking up, you can feel better about your day.
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What Treatments Cure Headaches?
- Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication | Naproxen and Ibuprofen are two OTC medications that bring down muscle swelling and can alleviate discomfort.
- Cold Packs | Using an ice-pack against your jaw and temple for approximately may also alleviate swelling.
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