What is TMD? 

In a nutshell, TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is the name given to the set of symptoms and conditions that result from a conflict between your teeth and jaw joints.  The pain is actually caused by muscle pain or cramping from the jaw muscles.  These jaw muscles wrap around the entire head.

Who is affected by TMD?

While both men and women experience TMD, 90% of the patients seeking treatment for TMD are women in their childbearing years.  Research indicates that women seek treatment for TMD at a higher rate than men and are more likely to report ongoing pain associated with TMD.  Research has documented a correlation between hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptive therapy with pain treatment which may explain why more women tend to suffer symptoms and seek help for TMD pain.

Can TMD be caused by stress?

Stress does not cause TMD.  Rather, a conflict between the biting surfaces of your teeth and jaw joint is the cause.  Stress, however, can easily form long-term tolerance of TMD pain.

How do I find out if I have a bite problem that is causing my head, neck or jaw pain?

You need to find a dentist training in neuromuscular dentistry and, specifically, in diagnosing and treating TMD.

How long do TMD problems last?
The type and severity of your TMD symptoms may change from day to day.  While research indicates that most patients will get better with or without treatment, others can experience a lifetime of suffering. People with TMD may have painful and frightening symptoms and experience frustration because their problems do not seem to be fully understood by the medical community.

What kinds of treatments are available?
TMD treatments can vary depending upon your symptoms.  While some symptoms of TMD can be relieved quickly, others may take longer to resolve.  Dr. Krasowski is skilled at identifying the causes of your TMD symptoms and creating a treatment plan that will most likely reduce and, hopefully, relieve these symptoms.  Dr. Krasowski is committed to developing a treatment plan unique to your situation with the goal of identifying and treating the causes of the problems and not just the symptoms themselves.

Can I consult any dentist for relief of TMD symptoms?
TMJ is often misdiagnosed or poorly understood by the general medical or dental community.  That’s why you should seek the services of an experienced neuromuscular dentist if you are experiencing any TMD symptoms.  Dr. Krasowski is trained to recognize signs of TMD and to provide the most appropriate care and treatment for each patient.  Call today to schedule your personal consultation.

Contact our TMD Dentist, Dr. John Krasowski for a consultation in Wausau, Rhinelader, or Stevens Point, Wisconsin.