In the United States alone, over ten million people suffer from a serious issue known as TMJ disorder, or TMD. At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we offer treatment to help reduce the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion dentist, Dr. Brad Greenfield, addresses frequently asked questions about the symptoms and causes of TMD. He will also discuss a common and convenient treatment option.
Frequently Asked Questions About TMD
Question: What is TMJ disorder?
Answer: TMD is a disorder that results from excessive strain placed on the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the jaw to the skull. The jaw joints control of movement of the jaw, including the actions necessary to eat and speak.
Question: What causes TMD?
Answer: A variety of factors can cause a patient to develop TMJ disorder. The two most common causes are bruxism, or teeth grinding, and bite misalignment. Both of these widespread issues place unnecessary stress on the jaw joints.
Question: What are common symptoms of TMJ disorder?
Answer: Symptoms of TMD include: A popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, face and jaw pain, neck and shoulder pain, migraines and headaches, earaches and tinnitus, and toothaches.
Question: Does my Lake Orion MI general dentist offer treatment for TMD?
Answer: Yes. Dr. Greenfield offers a comfortable and minimally invasive treatment option. This solution addresses both teeth grinding and misalignment. Dr. Greenfield may recommend an intraoral device similar to a night guard. This oral appliance repositions the jaw to correct misalignment and ease jaw strain. The device also prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching, eliminating teeth grinding symptoms.
Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Orion MI General Dentist
Do you suffer from one or more symptoms of TMD? Then call today at 248-693-6213 to schedule an appointment with your Lake Orion MI general dentist, Dr. Greenfield. At Lake Prion Family Dentistry, Dr. Greenfield offers our patients a holistic approach to general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Our 48360 dental office proudly serves families from Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Oxford, and Rochester Hills, as well as many other areas in southeast Michigan.