TMD or Temporomandibular Disorders arise from issues with the Temporomandibular Joint which is the hinge that connects your jaw bone to your skull. It's located right in front of your ear.
People who suffer from TMD or issues with their TMJ often experience pain or stiffness in the area of their jaw or cheek, headaches, sensitivity in their teeth, difficulty chewing and even popping and cracking noises in their jaw.
There are a huge variety of treatments available for TMD ranging from very conservative self-monitored approaches at home like changes in diet, ice and over the counter medications to physical therapy, dental intervention, injections, surgeries and more.
Experts like Dr. Emmer will evaluate the severity of your condition and recommend a treatment plan. Depending on your situation of course, most doctors and dentists will advise you to start with conservative approaches to see if your TMD will resolve on its own without intervention.
Dr. Emmer can help you understand your options and can treat your condition as appropriate by adjusting your bite, providing mouth guards or oral devices to help alleviate the pressure and stress on your jaw or recommend more aggressive treatments when needed.
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When Dr. Emmer asked about jaw pain and headaches I was surprised to find out that he could help. It was often hard for me to chew and my jaw would "pop" regularly when I yawned or ate, sometimes so loudly others sitting near me at dinner could hear. Dr. Emmer made some adjustments to my bite and fitted me with a night guard that I've been wearing for years. I haven't heard that dreaded clicking noise for a long time!"