The TMD treatments at Petrolia Dental Edmonton are thorough (and, of course, focused entirely on your comfort and oral health!)
Today, we wanted to take a deep-dive into what exactly TMD is… as well as how our team of dental health professionals can help you alleviate your symptoms long-term.
First, an Overview of TMD and TMJ
Temporomandibular disorders (more commonly known as “TMD” or “TMJ”) is a term used to describe concerns relating to the function of the joint that connects the upper and lower jawbones. This is called the temporomandibular joint (or “TMJ”).
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the prevalence of TMD is between 5% and 12% and is more common among younger people.
The most common forms of TMD are due to the TMJ becoming inflamed, irritated, compromised, and/or painful.
How is TMD Diagnosed?
Here at Petrolia Dental Edmonton, TMD is diagnosed by one of our doctors examining the TMJ for: pain or tenderness; clicking, popping, or grating sounds accompanying jaw movement; limited jaw movement; jaw locking; and general bite and facial muscle function.
Due to other conditions causing similar symptoms, TMD diagnosis also includes a patient history overview to correctly determine the root of the symptoms.
Common TMD triggers include:
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMD
- Chronic teeth grinding or clenching
- Injury to the TMD or the surrounding muscles in the head and/or neck
Before any TMD treatments at Petrolia Dental Edmonton are conducted, a TMD diagnosis by one of our doctors is required.
The Risks of Leaving TMD Undiagnosed
Because issues in the TMJ are aggravated by daily tasks such as speaking, eating, or yawning, not diagnosing TMD early could lead to long-term consequences.
The risks of leaving TMD undiagnosed are:
- Chronic everyday pain in the TMJ region
- Discomfort that extends to the head, shoulders, neck, ears, and mouth
- An increase in long-term pain
- Exacerbated teeth grinding
- Insomnia or sleep disturbance
Don’t Wait: Receive TMD Treatments at Petrolia Dental Edmonton Today
If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms listed in today’s blog, don’t wait: our team here at Petrolia Dental Edmonton is here to help. Contact us today!