Hough Orthodontics knows how to cure TMJ PERMANENTLY
TMJ/TMD is a condition that effects the way the jaw and muscles work together in harmony. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint; it acts as a hinge, connecting your jaw to your temporal bones of your skull, located in front of each ear. This joint allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can talk, chew and yawn. Issues with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control the jaw are known as TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder), TMJ, or TMJ Dysfunction.
How will I know I have TMJ/TMD?
Symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD vary from person to person and are often overlooked or misunderstood as being associated with the jaw. People can experience one or more of these symptoms which can vary in intensity from mild to severe, and even debilitating.
To learn more about symptoms, and what TMJ/TMD feels like, read our blog post What Does TMJ Disorder Feel Like?
Additionally, you might experience:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
- Unexplained ear pain
- Ringing in the ears and blurred vision
- Problems when you try to open your mouth wide
- Jaws that get “stuck” or “locked” in the open – or closed – mouth position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew (this may or may not be painful)
- A tired feeling in your face
- Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite – as if the upper and lower teeth – are not fitting together properly
- Toothaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, upper shoulder pain
- Hearing problems
Who Should I See for Treatment?
When considering treatment for TMJ disorder, it is imperative to seek the care of a specialist in TMJ treatment. There are many practitioners that claim to treat TMJ, but don’t have individualized, specialized treatment for the disorder. Read Dr. Hough’s blog post about What is a TMJ Specialist before deciding on a course of treatment and care giver.
With specialized training, in conjunction with orthodontics, Dr. Hough has successfully been treating TMJ/TMD since 1986 with a combination treatment that addresses jaw position, muscle dysfunction and bite imbalances. By correcting all of these factors, the jaw joint has the best chance to remain stable, and symptom free, at the conclusion of treatment. All treatments are specific to each individual’s needs.
Call today for your complimentary consultation where he and his staff will evaluate your symptoms and discuss treatment recommendations as well as answer any questions you may have.
Treatment for TMJ/TMD
There are several treatment options available for TMD. Traditionally, surgery or night guards were popular treatments for TMD but had limited or varied effectiveness and often resulted in some relapse or return of symptoms because they do not address concerns with the bite. Dr. Hough uses a combination of treatments, including a splint (often times confused with a nightguard). Check out this short video on the difference between Nightguards and Splints.
Treatment for TMJ/TMD is important. If left untreated, there can be serious consequences. Call today for your complimentary consultation where he and his staff will evaluate your symptoms and discuss treatment recommendations as well as answer any questions you may have.