FAQ’s About TMD

If you’re one of the 35 million people who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you may not even realize you have this painful and destructive condition. You’re probably saying, “temporo….what?” Fortunately, Dr. Hussong is here to answer all your questions about TMD and treat the problem.

What is TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect your jaw to your skull’s temporal bone. These joints allow your mouth to move. When your TMJs become misaligned due to age, injury, stress, grinding, or malocclusion, your nerves and muscles become tight and irritated.

What are the symptoms of TMD?

Some of the common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Eaches
  • Jaw aches
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Jaw cramps or stiffness
  • Difficulty opening and closing mouth
  • Ringing in ears
  • Dizziness
  • Toothaches

Why is it important to treat TMD?

Treating TMD will help relieve your pain and discomfort. Additionally, when your jaw joints become misaligned, one side of your mouth may have to work harder than the other, causing tired facial muscles or bite problems.  It’s also essential that Dr. Hussong diagnose what’s causing your TMJ imbalance so he can prevent other problems from developing.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the act of unconsciously grinding or clenching your teeth. Over time, this action can alter your bite and change the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. When your bite becomes misaligned, so do your jaw joints. Grinding your teeth can also cause your teeth to become worn, eroded, chipped, or sensitive.

How can TMD be treated?

Dr. Hussong has training and experience in treating TMD. He will evaluate your jaw position, bite, and tooth wear to determine if you suffer from TMD. Dr. Hussong may balance your bite with restorative treatments or a mouthpiece designed to readjust your jaw alignment.

If you have any further questions about TMD or your painful oral symptoms, contact Dr. Hussong at Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001 to request a TMJ analysis. We welcome patients from Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and other nearby communities.