Long-Term Outlook: When TMD Is Left Untreated
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) may start off as a small inconvenience. Headaches may come and go, and the jaw and facial pain relieved with over-the-counter pain medication. But the cause of the pain might be unknown, leaving an individual to think that it’s something they just have to deal with. TMD can occur for a number of reasons and the symptoms can range from annoying to debilitating pain.
There are mild forms of TMD that can be resolved with medication and non-surgical therapy, such as night guards. At the same time, there are cases of TMD that require more complex treatment, and will only get worse if the symptoms are not addressed. Do you know which form of TMD you have? That’s why it’s important to consult with a TMD specialist so your jaw disorder can be properly diagnosed and treated.
TMD is a disorder of the jaw joint that connects to the skull. When this joint is injured or compromised, it becomes irritated and inflamed, causing pain in the jaw, face, ears and neck. Since everyday activities such as eating, talking, or yawning can trigger pain, a person suffering from TMD may begin to feel helpless. What’s more, if TMD is caused by teeth grinding at night, your quality of sleep is affected as well. It’s no wonder that depression is a common symptom among TMD sufferers.
Teeth and jaw problems can escalate if TMD is not treated. The wear and tear on teeth that is caused by grinding, or the tendency to favor one side of the jaw over the other, can lead to dental problems. Over time, the cartilage of the jaw joint can start to breakdown, too. This can result in jaw dislocation that is more difficult to treat.
We offer long term solutions for patients suffering from TMD in the Granger, IN area. Please call our office to schedule a consultation so you can get the relief you deserve.