What Is TMJ/TMD and How Can It Be Treated?

asian woman holding her cheek because of toothache At Adler Advanced Dentistry, Boulder, CO, area, patients can obtain general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry procedures for the entire family. This includes conditions that can impact the mouth and face, such as TMJ or TMD.

What Is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint/Disorder. It is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and associated muscles of the head and neck, which control chewing and jaw movement. When patients have this condition, they may experience anywhere from mild to severe pain and discomfort in the jaw area. Getting a proper diagnosis starts with being evaluated by a medical professional before starting treatments and therapies.

What Are the Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD?

Dr. Michael Adler and his team at Adler Advanced Dentistry of Boulder, CO, can educate you on the signs and symptoms related to TMJ/TMD. Common signs of TMJ dysfunction include:

  • Pain when opening and closing your mouth
  • A clicking or popping sound in the jaw joint
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking, or swallowing
  • Muscle spasms or inflammation in the immediate area
  • Facial swelling and tenderness near the joint
  • Limited range of motion in the jaw joint
  • Chronic headache and migraine pain that is localized around the forehead, temples, sides of face, neck, and shoulders.

What Causes TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD can be caused by facial trauma, genetics, poor posture, stress/anxiety, grinding teeth (bruxism), or other dental issues. When you visit Adler Advanced Dentistry to talk to a professional about the signs and symptoms you are experiencing, our dental team may ask about your medical and family history to get a better idea of the problem at hand. With proper diagnosis, treatment options can then be discussed.

Why Choose Dr. Michael Adler?

Dr. Michael Adler is an experienced dentist with over 30 years in practice, providing patients of all ages with the care and attention they need to achieve and maintain healthy smiles!

How Is TMJ/TMD Treated?

Treatment for TMJ/TMD can include lifestyle changes, physical therapy, medications, and more. Depending on the severity of the condition and its cause, Dr. Michael Adler may recommend that you make simple lifestyle modifications such as eating softer foods or avoiding activities that aggravate the pain. Physical therapy may be recommended to help stretch tight muscles and alleviate discomfort as well.

How Do I Learn More?

Call 303-449-1119 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Michael Adler and his team at Adler Advanced Dentistry to discuss your condition and the effective treatment options available.


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