What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, and TMD refers to temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD can be difficult to diagnose, but its symptoms are significant.

Doctors Kolts and Dorrough have seen the impact that TMD has on its sufferers, so they take it seriously. Both doctors have become knowledgeable in treating TMD at the source. Some doctors may treat your symptoms, but our team knows how to provide a precise diagnosis to ensure effective treatment.

Here are some of the symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Popping and clicking noises in the joints
  • Clenching or grinding the teeth
  • Jaw or muscle pain when chewing, biting, or yawning
  • Cracked or worn down teeth
  • Stiff jaw or lock jaw
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain in the neck, shoulder, or back
  • Earaches or buzzing in the ears
  • Change in the bite

If migraines are affecting your life, or facial pain is a frustrating addition to your daily life, call Troutdale Dental to schedule a TMD consultation. Many doctors find other causes for headaches and migraines when TMD treatment would have been the best fix.

Treating TMD/TMJ

We are happy to provide customized oral appliances to our patients who are struggling with the symptoms of TMD. The oral appliance will fit over your teeth and should be worn as advised by your dentist. An oral appliance can:

  • Reduce tooth grinding and wear
  • Regulate tooth mobility
  • Decrease tooth sensitivity
  • Decrease muscle and joint pain
  • Stabilize the bite
  • Discourage bad habits like jaw clenching

When you diligently wear your comfortable appliance, you will notice that your symptoms lessen and then disappear. An oral appliance will treat your TMD at the bite and joint itself, and help you form good habits so that you can maintain a healthy jaw for a lifetime.

Patients find that a TMD appliance is a convenient treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder. The appliance is portable, easy to wear, and easy to clean.

We may also prescribe massage, medications, or lifestyle changes to improve your TMJ symptoms. We would be honored to work with you and your families to improve the quality of your life. Call today to schedule your appointment with our Troutdale Dental team.