Temporomandibular disorder, or TMD, is often accompanied by pain, clicking or grating in the jaw. These are common disorders, but can cause great inconvenience and pain to affected individuals. Fortunately, there are treatments and solutions for prevention available.

What does the temporomandibular joint do? It enables movement of the jaw. When there is a problem with this joint, performing actions such as talking or eating can be met with persistent pain. However, the problem is not the actual joint, but the surrounding muscles of the jaw.

What causes TMD?

The pain can be a result of excessive grinding and clenching of the teeth. A misaligned bite can also create additional strain on the muscles. TMJ problems can also be associated with accidents or other injuries to the joint or surrounding muscles.

How can jaw pain be prevented?

Treatments of jaw pain may depend on the root cause of the disorder. You may need a professional Belleville and Nutley dentist to assist you in finding the right appliance, which can help alleviate pressure on the jaw and prevent overworking of the jaw muscles. More complex treatments may include physical therapy, orthodontics, and alternative medications if appropriate.

To discuss more about treating or preventing TMD, you can call Atlantic Family Dentistry and schedule an appointment. The dentist can help you diagnose the problem and perform the recommended treatment plan.