Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

Have you ever felt a painful clicking or popping in your jaw when you talk, chew, or just open your mouth? Many people suffer from a jaw, muscle, and joint disorder known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and may not even know it.

While it is not always possible to pinpoint the exact cause of TMD, in many cases it is due to arthritis, injury, tooth grinding, or stress. TMD can cause severe pain and discomfort.

Common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain or tenderness in or around the ear, jaw joint, or around the face
  • Tender jaw muscles
  • A tired feeling in the face
  • Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Jaw joints that feel as if they are “locked” or “stuck”
  • Pain when you yawn, chew, or open your mouth wide
  • Headaches or earaches

As your dentist, I want you to know that there are ways to treat this condition based on your specific diagnosis. Treatment could include modifying the pain through relaxation techniques or wearing a custom made night guard to prevent the teeth from touching while you sleep.

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms of TMD, please schedule and appointment with me or let me know the next time you come into the office.

You shouldn’t have to live with chronic pain and, as always, our team is focused on caring for your needs.