The Basics of TMD

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TMD, more commonly known as a TMJ disorder, leave many Americans with a lot of questions when they receive a diagnosis. We are glad to address your concerns, and can answer several of your initial questions now to help you get a firmer grasp on the nature of this condition.

What does TMD stand for?
TMD means “temporomandibular joint disorder.” The temporomandibular joints–or TMJs–are located on both sides of your head, and they perform many important functions, such as helping you chew, open and close your mouth, speak, and swallow.

What can cause TMD?
Facial trauma, arthritis, jaw or tooth misalignment, stress, a dislocated disc, and bruxism can all contribute to TMD. The first step in your treatment plan is for Dr. Paul Sommers to identify the cause of your jaw discomfort.

What is the difference between TMD and TMJ?
TMD is an acronym for a condition in the jaws that causes the TMJ system to work improperly. TMJ refers specifically to the aforementioned jaw joints.

Can my TMD be treated?
Yes! Paul R Sommers DDS can provide many different TMD treatment options for at home and in the office. A splint or night guard may be recommended to hold your jaw in the correct position and help it stabilize.

We encourage you to call Paul R Sommers DDS at 920-261-5110 today and schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Paul Sommers, if you are interested in receiving TMJ treatment in Watertown, Wisconsin.