Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is the term that is used to classify problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Often referred to as “TMJ” or “CMD” or a variety of other acronyms, TMD affects up to 15% of the population. There are a variety of symptoms associated with TMD but the most common are migraine headaches, tension headaches, popping or clicking of the jaw joint, ringing in the ears and/or tingling in the fingertips.
TMD treatment at the Center is one of Dr. Frascella’s main areas of emphasis. Many symptoms of TMD can be related to the manner in which your teeth come together (your occlusion), the position of the upper portion of the mandible and the status of the muscles as they work to bring everything together. By utilizing the principles of neuromuscular dentistry Dr. Frascella will determine if your TMD has a neuromuscular cause. If that is the case then, with the use of advanced technology he can create a treatment plan specifically for you. Typically, treatment will consist of the construction of a orthotic (similar to a mouthguard). The orthotic will help to reposition your jaw to help relieve the muscle stress. One of the unique advantages of this treatment program is that symptoms are often resolved within a few short days, without having to actually alter any tooth structure or anatomy.
If the orthotic is effective in resolving your TMD problems there are several options available to conclude the treatment. Dr. Frascella will create a treatment plan for you based on your specific diagnosis and present you with a variety of treatment options.
Signs & Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorders
- “Popping” and “clicking” of the jaw during opening and closing of the mouth.
- Facial Pain
- Hot & cold tooth sensitivity
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Ringing in the ears (tinitis)
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Ear congestion
- Limited Mouth opening