What is a TMD clinic?
TMD Clinic is a one stop clinic for complete assessment and treatment for temporomandibular disorders and pain in oral and face region. This is a multidisciplinary team involving prosthodontist, oral & maxillofacial surgeon and TMD specialists.
What are temporomandibular disorders?
This refers to any disorder that affects the TMJ, also known as jaw joints and in the muscles that the joint attaches to. These can affect one or both joints on both sides.
Most commonly, these disorders occur because of:
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Injury to jaw
  • Malalignment of upper and lower teeth
  • Genetic causes
  • Stress
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?
  • Painful mouth opening
  • Pain on sides of face and neck
  • Limited movement of lower jaw
  • Clicking or popping sound of TMJ
  • Locking of the jaw in open position
  • Wearing away of teeth
  • Change in the way upper and lower teeth touch each other
  • Some other findings like headaches, dizziness, hearing issues.
What are the treatment options?
Intensity of problem will guide the treatment required as many options are available. Initially, home remedies like warm & cold packs, soft diet, avoidance of excessive mouth opening, good posture, relaxation to reduce stress are recommended. Along with these medications like painkillers, muscle relaxants and night guards can be given.
In severe cases or when not responsive to above treatments, other treatments like arthrocentesis, arthroscopy, open joint surgery can be done.
Why come to SSCDS Dental Clinics?
The TMD Clinic at SSCDS Dental Hospital is an exclusive department meant only for TMJ disorders with experienced doctors, facilities like CBCT scanning, T-scanning, TENS therapy etc. and available at minimal costs.