TMD or temporomandibular disorder is a general term to describe chronic or acute pathology or discomfort surrounding the temporomandibular joint (just in front of the ear). Some people may say that they have “TMJ” which actually stands for Temporomandibular Joint (which is a joint we all technically have). When people say they have TMJ, it is usually synonymous with saying they have TMD, which is a disorder of the joint. TMD can result in a popping or clicking jaw joint, soreness near the ear upon waking, sore neck muscles, and in severe cases, inability to open or close your mouth.
While TMD is challenging to diagnose and treat, there is research showing that some causes of TMD are related to the improper position of teeth in relation to one another, which can be treated with orthodontics. At our office, we offer treatment aimed at moving teeth into proper occlusion so that potential causes of TMD can be alleviated.
Freeman Orthodontic Specialists have been providing TMD care for almost 30 years. With our team of specialists, you are in great hands!
TMD Treatment Options
At Freeman Orthodontic Specialists, we strive to give each and every patient the best possible experience, and that includes doing anything we can to help those suffering TMD pain to be pain free. If we can help you, we will do so!
If it is determined that orthodontic treatment will be required to help alleviate your TMD, regular orthodontic adjustment visits to Freeman Orthodontic Specialist will be necessary every eight to twelve weeks.
Treatment with a splint can be completed in just a few short visits. Treatment with orthodontics will take between three and 24 months. If the TMD is alleviated by proper orthodontic tooth alignment and occlusion, long-term treatment will not be needed.
During your initial consultation, we will discuss the history of your current jaw discomfort. We would like to know what it feels like, how long you have been experiencing it, how often it occurs, if you have had any jaw injuries, and if you have had any prior treatment. From there, Drs. Freeman, Sheinis, and McCaffrey will create a treatment plan to meet your unique TMD needs.