Myths & Facts About TMD [BLOG]

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Here at Brar Dentistry, we help so many patients overcome the painful symptoms that come with TMD. What we find in many cases is that those who suffer from it don’t realize it at first because the symptoms are so widespread and seemingly disconnected.

To complicate things, a behavior that’s often closely linked with TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is bruxism. This is where you clench or grind your teeth, but you might be doing this while you sleep, so you probably aren’t even aware that you’re doing it.

With the range of signs and mysterious causes of TMD, it’s no wonder this topic is so confusing!

That’s why Dr. Brar and our team want to do some fact checking about TMD in today’s blog. You might recognize some of the common symptoms tied to it. If you do, we also want to make sure you know who to count on to help you find relief!

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at one of our four Chicago area dental offices, and we’ll help you get out of pain and on with life!

Myth: If I had TMD, I’d know it.

Fact: Not all symptoms of TMD are concentrated in the area around your mouth.

It’d be nice if we could self-diagnose every ache and pain that comes our way without the help of a medical professional, but that’s not always how it works. Especially in the case of TMD, the signs and symptoms can be so varied and have nothing to do with each other on the surface, that it really does take a professional to know for sure.

Now, there are some obvious signs that you might have this disorder because they occur directly as a result of pain in your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. When that joint isn’t working properly, you might feel pain when you chew, speak, or yawn, for example. You might even have trouble with lockjaw where you try to do those things and can’t.

But here are a few symptoms that are less obvious because of where they occur:

-Facial pain

-Frequent headaches and migraines

-Stiffness and muscle tension in the neck, back, and shoulders

-Earache-like pain

On the surface, these symptoms might seem unrelated, but they could be signs that your TMJ needs the help of a dental professional like you’ll find at Brar Dentistry!

Myth: The cause of TMD is poor bite alignment.

Fact: There could be several causes of TMD.

The causes of TMD, specifically, are unknown, but here are a few of the most likely suspects!

-Clenching and grinding your teeth can lead to TMD development because of all the extra stress it adds to your TMJ.

-Your jaw can shift out of place because of an accident or injury.

-Stress can even lead to TMD due to the connection between it and bruxism, which is the clenching and grinding of the teeth that we just mentioned.

In many cases, it’s unknown as the nature of these factors and TMD. Sometimes TMD can cause your jaw joint to shift out of place, for example, and other times the shifting of the jaw can cause the TMD. Talk about confusing!

Myth: Relief from TMD can only be found through surgery.

Fact: Brar Dentistry can treat TMD in nonsurgical ways.

Treating your painful TMD symptoms is easy at Brar Dentistry! In fact, there are all sorts of ways to treat the condition that don’t involve surgery at all.

One of the ways we can help you is by eliminating one of the causal behaviors, teeth grinding. Dr. Brar can fit you with a custom mouth splint that will keep you from being able to clench and grind your teeth. It’s a non-invasive, but effective way to help give your joint some relief from the pressure of bruxism. Eventually, the joint can heal on its own once all that stress is taken off of it.

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If you think TMD might be what’s causing your pain, muscle tension, and discomfort, let us see if a splint will help get you some much needed relief!

Call us today at 630-883-0970 or fill out our online form. We have 4 locations to serve you in St. Charles, Elgin, South Elgin, and Sleepy Hollow, IL.


Jeff Hoadley

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