TMJ/ TMD Treatment
S. Scott Batterton, DDS
Mouth Guards, Athletic Mouthguards
We also have great treatments if you suffer from Temporomandibular Disorders or particular problems with the temporomandibular joint!
What Causes TMD?
The cause of TMD is not clear, but dentists believe that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself.
Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck -- such as from a heavy blow or whiplash -- can cause TMD. Other possible causes include:
Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ
Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ
Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
TMJ - Illustration of Temporomandibular Joint
What Are the Symptoms of TMD?
People with TMD can experience severe pain and discomfort that can be temporary or last for many years. More women than men experience TMD, and it is seen most commonly in people between the ages of 20 and 40.
Because many other conditions can cause similar symptoms to TMD--– including a toothache, sinus problems, arthritis, or gum disease -- your dentist will conduct a careful patient history and physical exam to determine the cause of your symptoms.
We have different types of mouth guards to protect you against these symptoms, as well as to hopefully correct the problem. We also offer athletic guards, to decrease the potential of developing these disorders if you are a very active person!
, Mouth Guards