What’s TMJ Disorder?
TMD or Temporomandibular Disorders are a common group of disorders of the temporomandibular joints (TMJs). The TMJs connect your lower jawbone to the skull, so its malfunctioning can seriously affect your quality of life.
The most common symptoms of TMD are chronic pain in the jaw area, recurring headaches and neck aches, pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears, a clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw and limited mouth opening.
As many different factors can cause TMD, multiple treatment alternatives exist to deal with these disorders. The most common option is wearing a night splint. Patients should wear this customized mouthpiece overnight to protect their teeth from the consequences of bruxism and relax their facial muscles.
However, some patients might need more complex procedures to treat their joint issues (even surgery is required on some occasions), so if you are suffering from a TMD, we advise you to visit Dr. Naidu to get an accurate diagnosis.