If you have a sore jaw, trouble opening and closing your mouth, or you hear a click when you open your mouth wide, you may have TMD. At home, you can treat the symptoms of TMD with over-the-counter medication and avoiding painful jaw movements. However, if your symptoms worsen, you may need to visit Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates. Here are a few items they may suggest for you to treat your TMD.
Night Guard or Splint
Often, many people grind their teeth and they do not realize they are doing it. A split, usually worn at all times, or a night guard, worn while sleeping, can prevent excessive grinding. This will help your TMD symptoms by placing a plastic barrier between your top and bottom teeth with a retainer.
Dr. Hortman may write a prescription for a medication such as higher dose painkiller, a muscle relaxer, or an anti-anxiety medication. Similar to over-the-counter pain medications, higher doses of NSAID painkillers reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Anti-anxiety medications along with muscle relaxers helps to calm the body and avoid grinding. This does not cure TMD but it can prevent it from worsening.
Other Dental Procedures
Sometimes TMD occurs when your bite is uneven. Replacing missing teeth can help relive your symptoms. Some ways that missing teeth can be repaired is with implants, crowns, or bridges. Talk to Dr. Hortman to see if this treatment option can help you.
If your jaw is locked or other treatment options do not work, you may be a need a surgery. Check with Dr. Hortman before making a decision. Types of surgeries include: arthrocentesis, arthroscopy, and open-joint surgery. An arthrocentesis is used to rinse the jaw muscle and remove the damaged disc stuck in the TMJ. An Arthroscopy removes scar tissue and fluid. For more complex TMD cases, open-joint surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing jaw pain, locked jaw, or facial pain, visit Dr. Hortman at Palmetto dental Associates for a consultation today.