What is TMJ and TMD?
The temporomandibular joint, otherwise known as TMJ, connects your jaw bone to your skull. Many people experience a pain in this joint when moving their jaw—this is called temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder, or TMD. Those who suffer from TMD experience pain in their jaw, soreness, or even lockjaw. Dr. Scott Condie has experience in diagnosing and treating TMD and will work to get to the root cause of your discomfort to create an effective treatment plan.
Causes of TMD
- Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
- Improper movement of the ball and socket of the joint
- Arthritis in the jaw joint
- Stress that causes the tightening of facial muscles
- Damage to the joint from an impact
Symptoms of TMD
- Painful, tender or sore jaw
- Pain in your temporomandibular joints near your ear
- Pain in or around your ear
- Pain during or difficulty when chewing
- Facial soreness
- Difficulty in opening or closing the jaw
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening or closing the jaw
Experience Neuromuscular Dentistry to Relax Your Jaw
Those living with TMD frequently suffer from headaches, a sore jaw or face, and even have pain while eating or talking. This can cause frustration and annoyance in daily life. Dr. Condie offers neuromuscular dentistry as a non-invasive relief of headaches, migraines, shoulder, neck, and jaw pain. Through the use of a device called the Myomonitor, gentle electric stimulation will be sent to your facial muscles. This will allow your muscles to relax and give Dr. Condie a chance to take an impression of your natural bite. He can then compare this natural bite impression to your non-relaxed bite in order to figure out how your jaw should be adjusted to obtain relief from TMD.
Dear Dr. Condie and staff,
Several months ago I was desperate to find relief from TMJ pain. For the past 10 years I’ve lived with nerve damage on one side of my face. Because of this, the muscles on the right side of my jaw were stronger than the left, causing my jaw to pull to the right. The pain left me unable to sleep through the night and caused terrible headaches on an almost daily basis.
I had tried many medical solutions including chiropractic care, physical therapy, injections to reduce the inflammation, pain meds and muscle relaxants, etc. While I could get relief for awhile, nothing ever lasted.
I finally became so frustrated I contacted Dr. Condie to see if surgery might help. He suggested a small, plastic mouth guard that’s totally customized. I was hesitant because it’s a bit of an investment and everything else I tried had failed.
I decided to do the tests to measure jaw and tooth placement and agreed to give the mouth guard a try. Can I just say how thankful I am now? I can’t wear the mouth guard full time because of damage to my vegas nerve, but any time I feel pain coming on, I reach for my mouth guard and within 30 minutes or less, I’m feeling good again. Worth every penny! I appreciate everything and enjoyed the encouragement from everyone in your office. THANK YOU!