Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to TMD disorders, having the right know-how can help you make an informed decision regarding your treatment. The following are frequently asked questions about TMD disorders.
Do clicking jaw joints indicate that I have TMD?
Popping and clicking jaw joints are some of the symptoms of TMD. Consult our experts without delay if you experience them.
How Is TMD Diagnosed?
After discussing the symptoms with your orthodontist, your orthodontist will examine your jaw. Your orthodontist can also request you to:
Discuss how you feel when you open or close your mouth.
Your orthodontist might observe the range of motion of your jaw.
Your orthodontist might press around the areas around the jaw for assessment.
What Will Happen after the TMD Diagnosis?
Even when you are diagnosed with TMD disorder, you don’t have to worry! After suspecting any possible problems indicating TMD, our orthodontist might need to see:
A dental x-ray for examining your teeth and jaw.
A CT scan to get detailed images of your bones and joints.
An MRI to have a closer look at the joint’s disk.
In addition, some of the other methods of TMJ disorder diagnosis that might be used are TMJ arthroscopy. During TMJ arthroscopy, a small thin tube is inserted into the joint space along with a small camera to have a closer look at the targeted area. The procedure helps determine a better diagnosis but is not necessarily used in every case.
Does TMJ disorder require surgery?
TMJ disorder does not always require surgery and can be cured non-surgically. It allows you to get back to your normal way of life, such as chewing and talking.
Are headaches caused by TMD?
Yes, headaches are caused by TMD. Clenching your teeth can put undue pressure on your jaw joints resulting in headaches.
Which Exercises Can Reduce TMJ Pain?
Activities that can help you reduce your jaw pain include:
- Pressing your chin bone with your thumb lightly and trying opening your mouth
- Keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth and trying opening your jaw without moving your tongue
- Stretching your neck by placing your hands across your chest