What is Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement. We treat TMD in Millbrae and South San Francisco to ease your pain.
What are the Symptoms of TMD?
There are many telltale signs of temporomandibular disorder. Take time to observe whether you’re experiencing these symptoms so they can be addressed before they get worse:
- Constant jaw pain
- Constant ringing in the ears
- Frequent headaches and neck pains
- Clicking sounds when you move your jaw
- Locked jaw or limited jaw movement
- Muscle spasms around the jaw area
- Swelling in the sides of the face
- Changes in teeth alignment
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Our TMD specialists in Millbrae and South San Francisco will create an effective treatment plan just for you.
What are the Possible Causes of TMD?
It’s not always easy to pinpoint the exact reason for temporomandibular disorder. It’s usually a combination of different factors like genetics, habits like clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, and jaw injuries. Some connective tissue diseases also contribute to the increased risk of TMD.
Generally speaking, however, TMD is caused by any of the following:
- Erosion of misalignment of the TMJ disk
- Damaged joint cartilage due to arthritis
- Damaged joint due to heavy impact
Our TMD specialists work tirelessly to ease your jaw pain and treat your condition.
How Does Our TMJ Treatment Help?
Dela Rama Dental offers TMJ disorder treatment for all patients who exhibit symptoms. Our TMD specialists will conduct a series of exams before deciding on a treatment plan. We will observe your jaw’s range of motion. We’ll listen for sounds and feel your jaw movement when you open and close your mouth. We’ll also pinpoint which areas around your jaw causes pain and discomfort. We might also require dental x-rays, CT scans, and MRI depending on the issue. TMJ arthroscopy is also an option.
Treatment may include medications like anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants, therapies like mouth guards and physical therapy, and for severe conditions, surgical procedures. Your jaw will feel good as new after.
There are a few simple steps you can take at home or work to prevent TMD from becoming more severe, or to prevent it from occurring:
- Relax your face — remember the rule: "Lips together, teeth apart"
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Avoid constant gum chewing
- Don't cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver in your hand
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
- Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
- Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared
Why Choose Us?
Our general dentists in Millbrae and South San Francisco listen to each patient’s concerns. We provide a full range of services to restore your optimal oral health. We take pride in an empathetic approach to treatment. Also, we use proven techniques and the latest instruments to provide the clinical excellence you deserve.
About Our Dentists
Dr. Bonita has been practicing dentistry for over 35 years. She wants patients to feel comfortable so she treats each one like a friend.
Dr. Andrew turns the science and technology of dentistry into personal solutions. As a result, he easily restores each patient’s oral health.
Dr. Marjorie wants each patient to love their smile again. She presents various treatment options to make sure patients make educated decisions.
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Dela Rama Dental is eager to help the community smile brighter and more confidently. We provide comprehensive dental services and the same high quality of care in both our clinics: