TMJ / TMD

The root of the problem

Do you frequently clench or grind your teeth? Do you experience frequent, or chronic headaches or migraines? Do you often feel pain in your jaw, face, head, or neck? If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you may be experiencing temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMD, TMJ, or TMJD.

What is TMD?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, more commonly known as the jaw joint. TMD or TMJD refers to the pain and dysfunction of this joint. These three terms are often used interchangeably, so for simplicity’s sake, we’ll call it TMD. TMD is commonly diagnosed by several symptoms, including pain of the jaw, face, head, or neck, restricted mandibular movement, or jaw stiffness, and noises such as popping or clicking during jaw movement.

While TMD is not life threatening, it can have serious implications for your oral health, and your quality of life. Excessive teeth grinding can wear down tooth enamel and cause dental problems and even tooth loss. TMD can also cause dizziness, chronic headaches, migraines, and pain of the face, jaw, and neck. If you are suffering from TMD, you know how detrimental this chronic pain can be for your everyday quality of life.

What causes TMD?

TMD has been associated with a variety of different causal factors, including:

  • Disc placement
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism
  • Trauma
  • Bite alignment or occlusal factors
  • Hormonal factors

TMD affects about 20-30% of the adult population to some degree. Sufferers are generally between the ages of 20-40, and females are generally more effected by TMD than males.

What can we do?

If you have been living with any of the signs and symptoms discussed above without relief, the good news is, we may have a solution for you. Treating your TMD is simple – no need for surgery, medication, or other invasive procedures. With a custom night guard that you wear during sleep, excessive bite forces are minimized, the jaw is relaxed, and your facial muscles can get a good night’s sleep too, for once! Patients who have opted for TMD treatment with a night guard from Dr. Rizvi have experienced a drastic decrease in the frequency and intensity of headaches, jaw pain, and other TMD symptoms.

If you have any questions about TMD treatment, or would like to schedule a consultation with your Fort Lauderdale dentist, Dr. Rizvi at My Dentist for Life, please contact our Fort Lauderdale dental office today at 954-532-8517. We would love to help you manage your TMD so you can get back to living a pain-free life.