Treatment for TMD Can Alleviate Pain and Improve Your Quality of Life

Patients who suffer from TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) often experience facial pain or discomfort, accompanied by popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing the mouth. These issues can lead to more serious health concerns such as chronic headaches, jaw pain, dizziness, or neck and shoulder pain. Dr. L. Douglas Knight provides comprehensive treatment in his Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY locations for patients experiencing symptoms of TMD.

TMD can range from mild to severe. A proper diagnosis is the only way to assess which treatment option will be most helpful to you. Dr. Knight can create a fully customized treatment plan to address your specific needs. We utilize the latest innovative technology to provide efficient, predictable care for you and your family.

What Causes TMD?

All of your oral and maxillofacial structures work together to function efficiently. When something is out of alignment, or is not working properly, it can lead to more severe and long-lasting issues. Some causes of TMD include:

  • Stress: Anxiety and stress can lead to frequent tightening of the facial muscles and clenching of the jaw.
  • Arthritis: Several types of arthritis can contribute to TMD, including rheumatoid arthritis, infectious arthritis, osteoarthritis, or traumatic arthritis.
  • Bruxism: Teeth grinding or clenching can overexert the muscles and joints of the face, causing chronic discomfort.
  • Misaligned articular disk: The articular disk is the small protective cushion found in many joints throughout the body. In the TMJ, the disk helps maintain smooth function when opening and closing. If the disk is misplaced or worn down, it can result in discomfort.
  • Misaligned teeth: When the teeth do not fit together properly, it can cause overexertion and stress on the facial muscles and TMJ.
  • Tooth erosion: If your teeth do not fit together properly when you bite down, it can cause extensive wear and tear, further complicating issues with your TMJ and jaw muscles.

Common Symptoms of TMD

TMD can result in several health-related issues. The effects can vary in each patient. For some, the discomfort is temporary. For others, it can result in a lifetime of problems. Most common in patients between the ages of 20 and 40, TMD affects more women than men. Symptoms may include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tenderness in your ears
  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw when eating, chewing, or speaking
  • Jaws that occasionally “lock” in one position
  • Swelling
  • A bite that does not feel normal

Treatment Options for TMD

The severity of TMD can range from mild to advanced. Your custom treatment plan will be dependent on your specific problems. Dr. Knight will work with you to determine which option will be best for you. A combination of treatments can be utilized to provide the most efficient solution. Some options include:

  • Bite adjustment: Adjusting your occlusion is a conservative treatment that can alleviate points of pressure on your teeth, giving way to a more balanced bite. If your TMD is bite related, this is a great place to start.
  • Physical therapy: Facial exercises can be performed to strengthen the jaw muscles and encourage proper function.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication: Over-the-counter pain tablets can alleviate discomfort. Products such as ibuprofen or naproxen also help reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Injections: Some patients may benefit from the use of cortisone injections, which can reduce inflammation in the jaw joint and alleviate pain.
  • Muscle relaxers: Certain muscle relaxants can decrease tension in the facial muscles.
  • Surgery: In some cases, orthognathic surgery may be necessary to correct TMD. This type of treatment is indicated when conservative treatment has not been successful. If this is recommended, Dr. Knight will work closely with an oral surgeon (OMS) to provide you with the best comprehensive care possible.

Schedule a Consultation

TMD can have a serious negative impact on your quality of life. With modern dental technology, treating TMJ issues is easier now than ever before. If you would like to know more about TMD treatments, schedule a complimentary examination with Dr. Knight. You can schedule an appointment online, or call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff).

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Knight Orthodontics Locations

Louisville, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
3210 Westport Green Pl.
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 327-6453

Radcliff, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
555 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-5151

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00:33 31 Oct 17
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Emily Cyphers
14:18 24 Oct 17
I went in for a permanent retainer repair for the first time with Dr. Knight, and had a wonderful experience. I'm new to Kentucky and he talked with me like he new me for years, he was so personable and took the time to get to know me. He had never worked on my teeth before but knew exactly what to do to re-straighten them and get a retainer back in. There is no "new patient" fee which is always nice. He seems to truly care about his patients' smile (teeth) and I will continue to come back to him for any orthodontic care.
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Will Heemsoth
21:02 11 Oct 17
Dr Knight and his staff are amazing. My son's treatment went very well and we are tremendously happy with the results. Scheduling was super easy and we always got in and out on time.
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David Jones
16:54 05 Oct 17
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Beth Searcy
01:54 07 Sep 17
My issue was more complicated than simply braces to straighten teeth - it included extensive jaw advancement surgery as well. Dr Knight and his staff were great through the entire 18 month process - always available, always willing to answer any questions and they also maintained constant communication with the surgeon so that everyone was always on the same page which was very comforting.
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Harrison Bratton
22:27 01 Sep 17
Staff is great, extremely helpful and reliable. Dr.Knight suggests the best things for you and is very good at his job. My smile is bigger and brighter thanks to them !
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Reggie Smith
20:53 10 Aug 17
All 4 of my children have had braces at Dr. Knight. He's been been wonderful and I'd highly recommend him. His staff have been really great to work with as well!
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Marla Harris
19:52 09 Aug 17
Dr. Knight and his staff have been wonderful throughout the entire process starting with braces for my daughter and now my son. Both of my children had positive experiences with Dr. Knight and his staff. I would highly recommend Knight Orthodontics to anyone. Thanks for making my children's smiles even more beautiful!Marla Harris
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19:20 14 Jun 17
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Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth Clark
00:28 04 Jun 17
I have enjoyed my second round of wearing braces. He has done an excellent job correcting my bite and the time flew by. Before I knew it, my braces were coming off. Dr. Knight and his team really care and take an interest. I used the emergency number, after hours, and Dr. Knight was there for me. When my children come to the point in their life when they will need orthodontics, I will make their appointments with Dr. Knight! Thank you, Dr. Knight and team!
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Macreena Groody
21:21 02 Jun 17
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