Temporomandibular Disorder (Tmd) is a problem affecting the chewing muscles and the joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull. Some of the common signs and symptoms of Tmd include pain, jaw joint clicking, and difficulty in eating, muscle pain around the jaw, headache, earache and other such signs.
HOW IS TMD DIAGNOSED?
The dentist may take full face X-rays so he can view the jaws, temporomandibular joints, and teeth to rule out other problems. He may need to do other tests, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT). The MRI can show if the TMJ disc is in the proper position as the jaw moves. A CT scan shows the bony detail of the joint.
HOW IS TMD TREATED?
Non-surgical treatments such as lifestyle changes and self-help physiotherapy-type treatments are tried first.A small number of people with severe TMD may be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to discuss further treatment options
DID YOU KNOW?
Taking over the counter pain relievers, using hot and cold compress and eating soft foods can help you heal better.