TMJ/TMD and Your Bite
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw. Considered to be the most used joint in the body, our TMJ allows us to chew, talk and even yawn.
Unfortunately, this joint doesn’t always function as it should, resulting in pain and discomfort for many people each year. When serious dysfunction occurs, it is called TMD, or temporomandibular disorder.
Having a good bite is essential. Your bite not only affects your smile, but it also helps ward off adverse effects and health conditions.
An unhealthy bite can cause strain on the jaw and mouth, making you more susceptible to conditions such as TMD. There are various symptoms used to diagnose a bad bite. These include straining of the jaw and difficulty chewing. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to let our orthodontic team know before any procedure begins.
How is TMJ/TMD Treated?
To improve your headaches and jaw pain, we use a series of TMJ treatments. Dr. McIntosh will determine which treatment is best for you based on the cause and severity of your TMD.
Common treatments include:
- Bite Alignment
- TMJ Dental Appliance
- Hot and Cold Therapy
- Movement Reduction
When it’s the most used joint in your body, you deserve treatment that works. Our practice is devoted to helping patients across the Orlando area overcome jaw pain and headaches. Contact us today for a cost-free consultation with Dr. McIntosh in Maitland or Winter Park.