TMJ is an acronym that stands for “temporomandibular joint.” This joint is located on either side of the head, and connects the jaw to the skull.
The temporomandibular joint controls important functions like opening and closing the mouth and chewing. If you have noticed pain or popping in the jaw, you may be suffering from TMD, which stands for TMJ disorder.
The Symptoms of TMD
Some of the symptoms of TMD are:
- Discomfort when opening or closing the jaw
- Difficulty chewing, or the need to give up hard-to-chew foods
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Limited jaw movement
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw-chewing or opening and closing the mouth
- Pain or ringing in the ears
- Pain in the face, neck, shoulders, or back
TMD can be difficult to diagnose, because many of its symptoms can be easily attributed to other health problems. Only a trained dental professional with an eye for TMD can tell you if the problem lies in your jaw joints.
Seek treatment for TMD so that you can live life to the fullest. Don’t let pain or discomfort prevent you from an enjoying food and friends. If teeth grinding is the cause of your TMD, it is important to stop before the enamel becomes exposed and more vulnerable to decay.
Treating TMJ Disorder with NTI
NTI (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition) is an appliance made to fit your mouth and eliminate problems associated with TMD. The NTI stops a patient from clenching or grinding their teeth while sleeping. That means fewer headaches and less pain.
The NTI device will fit your teeth seamlessly. It will prevent your teeth from contracting so that your muscles can relax. This FDA-approved appliance will reduce your symptoms and improve your health with very little sacrifice on the part of the patient!
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If you suspect TMD may be affecting your life, we want to help. We can diagnose you and provide you with convenient relief. Contact us at Airlie Smiles today.