What is TMD?
Tempromandibular Disorder (TMJ) is a very common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. The TMJ is the complex joint that connects the lower jaw bone to the skull. Symptoms of TMD may vary, but typically manifest as “eye aches” and headaches, muscle fatigue or spasm in the head and neck, clicking and popping of the jaw joint (with or without limited opening and range of motion), and locking of the mouth open or closed.
A few of the causes are stress clenching, grinding and bruxism (nighttime wearing of teeth), inflammation and arthritis, previous trauma to the head or neck, a genetic predisposition, or from a poor, uneven bite. This condition can range from very mild soreness to unbearable radiating pain.
Common Symptoms of TMD/TMJ:
:: Tension headaches
:: Chronic fatigue
:: Degenerative arthritis
:: Gastrointestinal issues
When a TMD patient is treated in the earlier stages of the condition, the symptoms can be managed, and in many cases reversed. Dr. Jonathan Mandras treats mild to moderate TMJ patients with nonsurgical and palliative treatments, including, but not limited to, bite splint therapy (nightguard) and occlusal equilibrations (bite adjustments). It is imperative that a bite splint be properly adjusted and monitored to have a therapeutic effect.
Dr. Mandras is highly trained in diagnostics and in bite splint therapy, and has the ability to handle most TMJ cases with this appliance. Some scenarios involve a referral to a TMJ specialist for evaluation of internal dysfunctions of the jaw joint. These may require invasive or surgical treatment following more additional scans and MRIs of the TMJ.
Dr. Mandras would be happy to discuss your issue and suggest the best course of action for you. Contact our dental practice today to set up an initial consultation at (410) 893-3613.