If you are at risk for–or diagnosed with–early onset rheumatoid arthritis, it is important that you get screened for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD). New research shows that for people with systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, they may develop pain and disorders in the TMJ. However, while this research has been conducted, more information is needed. 

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Individuals who are at risk for rheumatoid arthritis are more likely than healthy individuals to have TMD pain-related diagnosis. While the outcome was not significant, it still shows that there is a risk there for TMD and other jaw pain-related conditions. 

Additionally, TMD pain was reported more frequently in those at risk for rheumatoid arthritis. That means treatment is needed to reduce risk and pain. 

Get treated for TMD

Oral appliance therapy is a very helpful and successful technique in treating Temporomandibular joint dysfunction. These devices are extremely popular among TMD patients due to the simplicity and comfort of the appliance. People describe the appliance as being similar to a retainer for orthodontic treatments. 

These appliances are made to fit your mouth and your mouth only, completely unique! Some of these devices are meant to move the lower jaw forward, while others simply prevent the tongue from falling backward which in turn would block the airway. These appliances are the most effective treatment in preventing and/or controlling sleep apnea related disorders.

Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia to learn more about TMD and what treatment options are available for you.