How To Address the Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
At the practice of Dr. Ania Mohelicki, new and current patients of her Boulder, CO, area office will find that she provides a wide range of services for individuals who have oral health concerns. One condition that might be overlooked is that of TMJ/TMD. This condition is present in millions of Americans and has distinct symptoms that make it easy to diagnose and treat.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ/TMD stands for temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder. It is a condition that affects the jaw, muscles, and ligaments in the head and neck region that control chewing and speaking.
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ/TMD?
Symptoms of TMJ/TMD can vary from mild to severe and may include:
- Pain or tenderness when moving the jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth fully
- Clicking and/or popping sounds in the jaw joint while talking or eating
- Headaches and migraines
- Limited ability to open the mouth wide (trismus or “lock jaw”)
- Fatigue in facial muscles after eating or talking
- Problems with hearing or balance
How Can I Address the Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD?
Treatment options for TMJ/TMD depend on the severity of symptoms but may include the following:
- Physical therapy
- Medications such as anti-inflammatories
- Specialized TMJ/TMD oral appliances
Which Treatment Is Right for Me?
A diagnosis of TMJ/TMD is the first step in learning more about your condition and the best course of treatment for your needs. Dr. Ania Mohelicki will always start with the most conservative treatment option before moving up to more invasive procedures such as surgery. Some patients can benefit from using a special oral appliance at night to realign the jaw and reduce symptoms that may impact their daily quality of life.
How Do I Find Out More About TMJ/TMD and Get a Proper Diagnosis?
To obtain the right treatment for your condition, you need to first get a definitive diagnosis from your primary doctor or from Dr. Ania Mohelicki of Boulder, CO. With a proper diagnosis, you can then discuss the severity of your condition and decide on the best course of treatment to alleviate your symptoms. Call 303-872-9940 to request an appointment with our provider to talk about your oral health.