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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders – TMD and TMJ Therapy – Lexington and Central Kentucky Area*

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Overview

Millions of Americans suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain, which may lead to great discomfort in the face, neck, and jaw. TMJ Disorder (TMD) is a caused by a problem in the jaw joint. At Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign, our orthodontists can perform a thorough examination to determine your source of pain and create a personalized treatment plan for your TMD. Common symptoms  of TMD include stiffness, muscles spasms, and clicking or popping in the jaw area. These symptoms are also very common for those who have braces or who have worn braces in the past. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, a locked jaw, or limited opening of the mouth, call our practice today. We have 9 locations across the state of Kentucky that are fully equipped with the latest technology to provide you the best care possible. 

About TMD Therapy

Having a disorder in your temporomandibular joint (which connects the jaw to your skull) can be debilitating and painful. You may not think about how much you use these joints (chewing, speaking, yawning, singing, and swallowing) until they start to hurt or cause other symptoms when they are not in proper shape or alignment. Here are a few of the life-interfering symptoms of TMD: 

  • Limited movement of your jaw joint while chewing or opening your mouth (also referred to as lock jaw)
  • Your teeth do not fit together like they used to (misalignment of top and bottom teeth)
  • Chronic headaches or neck pain
  • Pain, muscle spasms, and stiffness in the jaw area
  • Stuffiness and ringing of your ears
  • A popping or clicking sound when the jaw moves

If you recognized some of these symptoms as some of your own, please call and schedule an appointment with one of our orthodontists so they can help with solutions and relief.

What to Expect

We will perform a series of tests and diagnostic imaging services to  diagnose what is wrong with your jaw. Our orthodontists will typically start with  the least invasive treatments before suggesting an invasive, surgical procedure. After your examination and imaging, there are many suggestions our orthodontists can make as not every TMD patient is the exact same. Here are some of our typical recommendations:

  • Bite realignment and adjustment on your teeth
  • Jaw exercises as prescribed by your doctor
  • The consistent use of an oral appliance, such as a retainer or night guard while you sleep
  • Orthodontic treatments
  • Surgical orthodontics

Whichever treatment is chosen, we will do our best to help you relieve your pain and keep your smile healthy.

Aftercare

After your diagnosis, there are other non-medical solutions you can do at home to help with the symptoms. It is best to avoid chewy foods and eat a softer diet until the pain decreases . You may want to rest your jaw more often and be consistent in wearing oral appliances that protect your bite from resting at an uncomfortable angle. Keeping your posture in check can also help. By following all the recommendations provided by our orthodontists and performing pain management strategies at home, you may be able to dramatically improve your condition without the use of medication or muscle relaxers.

Other Considerations

If you are wondering of other things you can do to limit jaw and facial pain, here is a list of tips to try to improve your condition:

  • Limit how much you chew gum. The constant motion will aggravate and inflame the jaw joints. 
  • Do your best to not clench and grind your teeth, especially when you are stressed out.
  • When you are eating, move the food to both sides of your mouth while chewing. Many people favor a certain side to chew on, and this can cause unnecessary pain from over use.
  • When you are sitting or lying down for long periods of time, do not prop your chin on anything (your hand, arm, or pillow) as the pressure puts undue stress on your face and jaw. This can make your face and jaw really sore over time.
  • Keep your facial expressions relaxed and have good posture. Not only will you look better, but you'll feel healthier, too. Good posture includes keeping your chin up, back tall and straight, and not slumping your shoulders.
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We would like to extend a complimentary consultation at any of our orthodontics offices at your earliest convenience. We have locations in Frankfort, Georgetown, Lexington, Louisville, Mount Sterling, Nicholasville, Owingsville, Richmond, and Winchester. By scheduling an appointment with one of our Orthodontists Drs. Douglas D. Durbin, Lauren D. Morris, or Thomas C. Garner we can help dramatically improve your condition. We offer a wide range of pain management strategies, oral appliances (night guards), or surgical orthodontics treatments that can help. Call today for your private assessment.

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