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. Visit us today in Cincinnati, also serving Blue Ash and Montgomery, to cure headaches caused by 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 when yawning.
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. Visit us today in Cincinnati, including Montgomery and Blue Ash, to cure headaches resulting from TMD/TMJ.
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.
- NightGuard | A plastic mold that fits over your teeth and helps prevent the nighttime grinding of teeth, a common cause of TMD.
- Dental Work | TMD discomfort can sometimes be relieved with dental work, such as replacing missing teeth, crowns, or braces.
- Surgery | In extreme cases, surgery may be recommended.
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