If you’re experiencing unexplained jaw pain, clicking, popping, locking or any other discomfort around your jaw, then you may have TMD. The doctors at the Facial Pain Center can diagnose and treat your TMD so you can find relief from your chronic pain.
What is TMD?
TMD refers to any number of disorders related to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). These joints connect your jawbone to your skull (one on each side) and are critical to any type of jaw movement such as eating, chewing, talking, yawning or just opening your mouth. When one or both joints are stressed or damaged, your jaw can slip out of position, causing facial pain and many other symptoms that can disrupt everyday life.
What are TMD symptoms?
TMD encompasses a wide range of symptoms which includes:
- Facial, ear or neck pain
- Jaw clicking, popping or locking
- Misaligned bite
- Difficulty opening mouth wide
- Pain or difficulty chewing
What are the causes of TMD?
There are many potential causes of TMD, including:
- Grinding of the teeth
What should I do if I have TMD?
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should see a doctor who specializes in TMD treatments. When you visit the Facial Pain Center, our doctors will evaluate your symptoms, your lifestyle and your health history to best determine the cause so we can recommend the most effective treatment method.
What are my treatment options?
We offer a wide range of treatments that take into account your symptoms, the possible causes, your lifestyle and more. Working closely with physicians, physical therapists and psychologists, we determine the best course of treatment for your particular needs. Our treatment options include:
- Stress management techniques
- Splint or night guard
- Occlusal adjustment
- Physical therapy
- Pain relievers (anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant)
We are committed to providing on-going treatment, focusing on the relief of your symptoms, and returning you to your normal daily activities without pain.
What if I don’t get treated?
TMD can cause long-term damage to your teeth and mouth as well as on your overall health. In addition to constant pain and discomfort, TMD can also lead to severe misalignment of your teeth or cause your teeth to wear down, requiring extensive dental work to restore your ability to eat, drink or speak comfortably. By visiting the Facial Pain Center for TMD treatment, you’ll reduce the likelihood of long-term side effects and improve your overall quality of life.
Schedule a consultation
We welcome you to schedule your consultation at any of our four convenient Facial Pain Center locations in the Twin Cities.