Maryville and Knoxville, TN
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMD is a condition that affects the jaw and the area surrounding the muscles of the jaw joint also known as the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). The ‘muscles of mastication’ as they are known, are the ones that are affected by this condition. TMD cannot be defined as a specific ailment, but more of a wide term that includes a lot of pain-related symptoms. It is more rapidly common and nearly 40 to 50 percent of the population to date is reported to be affected by TMD in some way.
There is also no singular reason that will directly cause TMD, but a rather long list of symptoms and causes. TMD is basically pain, in fact it has been categorized under ‘Functional Pain Syndrome’, meaning, it is not life-threatening, but more of a condition that robs the affected person from normal functioning and reduces his/her quality of life.
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Ear Congestion
- Migraines or Headaches
- Facial Pain
- Pain in the TMJ
- Worn Teeth
- Facial Pain
- Tingly Fingers
- Bone Loss
- Neck –Shoulder Pain
- Vertigo or Dizziness
- Hearing Loss
These are anatomical appliances that are custom-made to perfectly match the structure of the jaw. They come in fixed and removable acrylic forms and are placed on top of the teeth to allow your muscles to work at a relaxed position. Over time the muscles and the joint work at a comfortable position. This is the most common treatment for bite disease and joint dysfunction. Orthotics are a natural therapy option that is surgical-free.
Ultrasound therapy is often used in TMD therapy which sends high-frequency sound waves directed to the TM joint, to reduce pain and swelling and improve circulation.
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the application of an electrical current through the tissue to stimulate the patient. it is applied to head and neck so that cranial nerves are stimulated which in turn will stimulate the muscles to contract.” TENS creates the neutral resting position for our patient, allowing the brain to ‘forget’ where the habitual bite is and allow the patient to settle into the neutral physiologically correct relationship.
Cold Laser and Massage Therapy
Our doctors work to diagnose and pin point the location of the pain, making it easier to work back on the causes of the discomfort itself. Cold lasers are low-intensity lasers that are focused on the area that is directly responsible for the pain.
It is among the best ways to measure and diagnose the bite, intensity and timing of when and where each tooth rests. It also helps determine if the teeth are resting in the correct position. It is revolutionary as it measures each tooth separately and not against a set standard, which can be misleading.
Most people do not seek timely treatment for TMD and wait till the pain becomes unbearable. This is certainly not the best way of dealing with this disease. Early treatment can save you from a lot of pain, distress and financial investment, so if you feel that a nagging pain in the face, neck or the jaw is causing disruptions in your everyday life, see your doctor immediately.
If you live in or around Maryville or Knoxville, Tennessee, please schedule an appointment with Crestview Dental Care today to see if Natural TMD therapy is right for you!