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Symptoms a TMD May Have

Posted on 6/21/2021 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
Symptoms a TMD May HaveThe temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints that connect the jaw to the skull. The joints are unique in that they can move both laterally and vertically, allowing us to adjust our jaw up and down, and side to side. This is convenient in our functioning because the jaw is a bone that moves constantly while eating, talking, yawning, and for other reasons.

What is a TMD?

A TMD or temporomandibular disorder, is when the jaw muscles, joints, or nerves are associated with pain or discomfort. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, including strain on the joints from bruxism, trauma to the jaw, head or neck, or displacement of the joint or disks. Other conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia may impact a TMD.

TMD Symptoms

The biggest symptom of a TMD is discomfort in the jaw. Discomfort may be noticed any time throughout the day, but tends to be the most prevalent in the morning and afternoon because it is when your jaw is moving again after rest. Headaches may be a symptom, as well. The discomfort may be recognized in other areas including behind the eyes, in the face, shoulders, neck, or back. It is also common that the symptoms show in the ears because the jaw is located close to the eardrums. This may create a ringing in the ears that is not associated with an ear infection. There are many symptoms you'll notice in the mouth, including locking of the jaw, limited motion, tooth sensitivity, a change in the way the upper and lower teeth align, and clenching or grinding of the teeth. In severe cases, you may notice dizziness or numbness in the fingers.

There are many different treatments for TMD depending on the severity, overall health, and age. Some treatments are more invasive than others, and some require behavioral changes, but may not need intensive treatment. If you have questions about TMD or would like to discuss your symptoms, please do not hesitate to give our office a call.

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