If you suffer from chronic jaw pain or tension headaches, you may be suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Because headaches are a symptom of a wide variety of problems, patients with TMJ disorder are often misdiagnosed with other disorders. If your headaches, jaw pain, or ringing ears are still bothering you, come see Dr. Teichmiller for a detailed TMJ analysis.
TMD/TMJ Treatment in Decatur, AL
TMD affects the temporomandibular joints, or your TMJ, which are the joints that connect the upper and lower jaw. The muscles that connect and control the joints allow you to chew and speak properly.
TMJ disorder results in limited jaw movement and frequent jaw discomfort. Almost 30% of the population may suffer from TMD. Fortunately, these patients can find successful TMJ treatment at Decatur Smiles!
What Are the Symptoms of TMD?
If you think you may be suffering from TMD, ask yourself if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Chronic headaches or migraines.
- Clicking or popping sounds coming from the jaw.
- Pain around the jaw.
- Difficulty opening the mouth.
- Discomfort while chewing.
- Pain in the face, head, neck, shoulders, or back.
- Changed facial shape or appearance.
- Limited jaw movement or lockjaw.
If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms, you may have problems with your TMJ. Ask Dr. Teichmiller for a consultation today to see how our team can help you manage your pain.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
While the exact cause of TMD is uncertain, there are several conditions that may contribute to the disorder. Some TMD causes might include:
- Stress reactions or bad habits including clenching and grinding the teeth.
- Physical trauma to the jaw area.
TMD has also been linked with several other causes, including bruxism. Call our team at Decatur Smiles to get a TMJ consultation and start the road to your treatment today.
Curing TMD with NTI Appliances
The Decatur Smiles team can help you find relief from your debilitating TMD symptoms. Dr. Teichmiller, Decatur, AL dentist, will administer a thorough TMJ exam to determine the cause of your pain and find what the best TMJ treatment may be.
We have found great success in treating our TMD patients with the NTI Tension Suppression System. This small acrylic splint is worn by the patient as instructed by Dr. Teichmiller. The device will prevent the back teeth from clenching or grinding, which will relax the muscles, eliminate the symptoms, and retrain your jaw to function more efficiently.
Find Pain Relief from Your Caring Decatur Smiles Team
Don’t tolerate daily headaches or facial pain. Pick up the phone and give us a call! Together, we will find the solution to provide you with lasting TMJ relief.