Posts for tag: TMD

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 24, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   TMD   tmj  

When treating Temporomandibular (jaw joint) Disorder (formerly known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMJ), we feel we have two equally important challenges facing us. First, we must start your treatment by relieving the symptoms of pain and discomfort. We typically accomplish this with heat, mild pain medications, a diet of soft foods, and some simple jaw exercises. Once we have begun to relieve your pain, our second critical objective is to identify and remedy what is causing the pain. It could be the result of an injury or trauma to the jaws and/or teeth or it could be due to a bite issue or a filling or crown that is too high and thus causing a misaligned bite. There are many other reasons, so it is first necessary to obtain a thorough medical history and conduct a comprehensive evaluation so that we can properly diagnose and treat the TMD condition and what is causing it.

Next to stress resulting in clenching and grinding habits, the four most common causes leading to TMD include:

  • Underlying dental conditions that are triggering muscle pain
  • Internal joint derangement (displaced or improperly positioned jaw joint)
  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
  • Synovitis — the painful inflammation of a synovial joint-lining membrane that is characterized by swelling, due to effusion (fluid collection)

If you or another family member suffer from chronic jaw pain, please let us know so that we can properly address your concerns and conduct a thorough examination. Or if you are in constant or severe pain, contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. You can learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for TMD by reading “TMD — Understanding The Great Imposter.”

By Pasadena Dental Implants
January 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: TMD  

In addition to standard dental services like periodontal treatment and dental implants, Dr. Peter G. Cooper, DDS also consults patients that experience temporomandibular joint disorder, also called TMD or TMJ disorder. TMD is an issue that can be resolved with a number of different solutions, up to and including oral surgery. Here are a few common frequently asked questions about TMD and its treatment.

What Causes TMD?
The temporomandibular joint is the place where the jawbone connects to the rest of the human skull. It’s located near the ear, which is why many people realize that they have a problem because of what they hear. The joint becomes stretched or strained, causing discomfort. Though there’s no conclusive evidence of what exactly causes TMD, doctors believe that it usually begins to appear after a head injury, whiplash after a car accident or clenching your teeth too often. It could also be caused by opening your mouth too widely, which sometimes happens when you let out a big laugh.

How Do You Know You Have TMD?
One clear sign of TMJ is a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your mouth. It’s usually most prevalent when you’re eating. Again, because the joint is near the ear, the sound is loud and difficult to ignore. Patients of Dr. Cooper often report pain or a tender feeling in the sides of their faces. Some also experience “locked jaw,” where they have to maneuver to close or open their mouth. TMD also causes headaches, toothaches and ear ringing in some people.

How Does a Dentist Fix TMD?
Your dentist can provide you with a device to reduce the pain and symptoms of TMD. You might just need a custom mouthpiece to stop you from clenching or biting in the wrong place. Some dentists also prescribe NSAID medications to relieve the pain. In some cases, oral surgery is needed to repair the joint.

Talk to Doctor Cooper
Get relief from your TMD pain and symptoms by talking to Dr. Peter G. Cooper, DDS in Pasadena. He and his staff provide expert care and oral surgery for patients who suffer from bite and jaw problems. You have two options: call his office at (626) 796-1241 or visit to suggest an appointment time from your web browser.

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