1. WHAT DOES TMJ STAND FOR?
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. The acronyms TMJ and TMD are commonly used to describe temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder.
2. WHAT IS A TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT?
The temporomandibualr joint is located directly in front of the ear and consists of two bones – the skull bone and the jawbone. It is responsible for opening-and-closing and side-to-side movement of our jaws.
3. WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF TMD?
The most common symptoms for temporomandibular joint dysfunction are:
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Facial pain
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Jaw pain
- Ear congestion
- Clicking or popping in the joints
- Worn down teeth
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Limited opening of the mouth
4. HOW IS TMD TREATED?
There are many ways of treating temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Simple home exercises, such as keeping your jaws slightly apart at all times, to dental appliances, such as wearing a mouthguard, to more complex treatments for severe case, such as surgery, are all treatment options for TMD. Depending on your assessment and your case, our TMJ expert, Mary Liougas, will determine the best treatment for you.
5. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET BETTER?
At Bayview Village Dental Specialists, our main focus is to restore proper function to your joints. However, we do start by treating your symptoms first to eliminate any pain and discomfort. Within the first 24-48 hours you should experience a significant reduction in pain. For complete healing of the joint dysfunction, it may take up to 3 months or even more. Depending on the source of your problem, the severity of your case and your capacity to heal, the healing process and time may differ.
6. IS TMJ TREATMENT COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Medical and Dental insurance often cover a portion of your treatment. You are advised to check the details of your insurance coverage with your employer or your insurance company prior to treatment.