TMJ & TMD Solutions
To best help you understand the complexity of TMD and TMJ let’s first have you put your finger directly in front of your ear. Now open and close your mouth and move your mouth side to side. TMD and TMJ is related to that unique joint. A joint with a lot of mobility and that mobility protected by a small disc sitting on the joint. Now that you can grasp the specific area in question we’ll give you specific definitions, the causes of the syndrome, the results and symptoms of experiencing TMJ and TMD and some of the measures Dr. Pan can take to help you correct this misunderstood dental issue.
The Actual Definitions of TMJ and TMD
To properly understand the dysfunction, TMD is a result of TMJ. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, is the joint itself, connecting the lower jawbone to your skull. TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, is the actual medical disorder resulting from issues with dysfunction in the joint.
The Solutions to Correct TMJ and TMD
TMJ and TMD again may appear in your adult life with no symptoms prior. So, through your regular six month visits to see Dr. Pan, if you are beginning to experience some of the discomforts or pains you need to bring it to Dr. Pan’s attention. TMJ and TMD can first be treated with a mouth guard or splint worn at night to keep your teeth apart and rest the joint. Or, often times you can wear orthodontic braces for period of time to correct your bite. We often focus on our smile when it comes to braces. Your teeth may be reasonably straight and your gaps normal. But you can’t necessarily see the quality of your bite alignment. Dr. Pan can evaluate that and determine whether the application of braces would help this bite pattern and the alignment relative to your teeth across both jaws.
Is TMJ and TMD life threatening
The disorder can result in severe pain that can dramatically affect your quality of life. It does deserve much more respect and attention though than over the counter pain relievers. TMD is non-life threatening and not permanent if measures are taken to correct it. TMD can come in cycles or waves and be temporary and the pain will eventually go away. There are measures you can take to help and prevent TMD.
Pan Orthodontics Philosophy
To treat our patients as our families and to treat others as how we want to be treated. From your first phone call to the moment your new smile is born, everything in our office is set up to ensure an excellent experience with us. We will always listen to you and improve with your suggestions.
Our Commitment to You
We will continue to keep up with the ever growing digital technologies to improve your orthodontic experience. We also commit to always help you find the most convenient time for your visit with us.