Seeking Relief from TMD
What You Should Know About Treatment For Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
A Very Good Article to Read
Dr. Charles Greene is one of my colleagues; he is a leading authority on Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders. He is currently a clinical professor at the University of Illinois and has authored over 130 publications. He is the author of the Guidelines for treatment of TM Disorders accepted and published by the American Dental Association.
This article is a summary written for the general public.By Dr. Charles S. Greene
You have probably heard the terms “TMJ” or “TMD” used in various conversations or even in the media. TMJ is an abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint, which is the formal name for your jaw joint(s). TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorders, which is a collective term for the muscle and/or joint symptoms that commonly arise when there is TMJ pain and dysfunction. The dental profession is in the midst of a transition regarding TMD treatment. This has stirred up a controversy within the profession over how best to relieve TMJ pain. On one side you have those subscribing to the newer methods of conservative, less invasive approaches; on the other side you have those who are sticking with more traditional and often irreversible treatments. Therefore, what happens to you if you have a TMD problem could depend on whom you consult for diagnosis and treatment. That's why it's so important for you to become an educated consumer regarding this particular type of healthcare.
What follows is a summary of what we know about TMD based on the scientific evidence; what you should do if you have TMJ pain or symptoms; what types of dentists you should look for to treat you appropriately; and what issues you should discuss with the dentist you choose. - See more at: http://www.deardoctor.com/articles/seeking-relief-from-tmd/index.php#sthash.mWmUJlvE.tI4oImoD.dpuf