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, Dr. Durbin 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 7 locations across the state of Kentucky that are fully equipped with the latest technology to provide you the best care possible.
TMD Therapy Reviews
"I had my own braces done by Dr. Durbin more than 20 years ago. His professionalism and experience educating me along the way made my decision to have my own kids' braces done by him an easy one. Both my daughters have had fantastic care and with the same thoughtful education along the way. In fact, one daughter is now seriously considering orthodontics as a career path. Finally, I continue care with Dr. Durbin for TMJ care which has been top notch."- K.S. / Google / Nov 11, 2016
"Dr. Durbin puts time, energy and experience into treating his patients. I know he did with me! As an older person getting corrective orthodontics, Dr. Durbin thinks outside the box and helped me with my bite when two other dentists said they couldn't effectively help me. You can trust Dr. Durbin! And his staff is the BEST!!"- B.W. / Facebook / Dec 15, 2013
"I 100% recommend any of Dr. Durbin's offices. The staff is very helpful and accommodating, and Dr. Durban himself is extremely friendly. My family has been going to him for generations, and we all have beautiful smiles. If you need orthodontic care, this place will not disappoint you!"- K.O. / Google / Mar 26, 2019
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 Dr. Durbin so he 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. Dr. Durbin will typically start with the least invasive treatments before suggesting an invasive, surgical procedure. After your examination and imaging, there are many suggestions Dr. Durbin 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.
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.
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.
TMD Therapy FAQ
When should I see a doctor about my TMD?
When over-the-counter pain relievers, heat and ice therapy, rest, and other at-home remedies no longer provide relief and your work and daily activities are affected by your TMD, it is recommended to seek help with Dr. Durbin at Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign.
What are the TMD treatment options other than surgery?
While surgery can be the proper TMD treatment option for some patients, Dr. Durbin offers a number of effective nonsurgical TMD treatments, including bite realignment, jaw exercises, oral appliances, and orthodontics.
How many people have TMD?
About 5% of American adults suffer from TMD, which means millions of people are affected by the daily pain and reduced quality of life caused by TMD, with more women experiencing TMD than men.
Can TMD go away on its own?
Yes, for many people, the symptoms of TMD can go away on their own with at-home care. However, for some people, TMD can be a progressive condition which means it can get worse without treatment. That's why Dr. Durbin recommends early diagnosis and treatment for your TMD symptoms to achieve better outcomes and improve quality of life.
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Less Jaw & Face Pain Today
We would like to extend a complimentary consultation at any of our orthodontics offices at your earliest convenience. We have locations in Georgetown, Lexington, Mount Sterling, Nicholasville, Owingsville, Richmond, and Winchester. By scheduling an appointment with Dr. Durbin, 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.