Importance Of Treating TMD
Do you frequently have pain or discomfort in your jaw? Have you recently received a diagnosis that you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD? You may be more familiar with the term TMJ, which stands for the temporomandibular joint, the two joints on either side of the head that connect the jaw to the skull. TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joints, the jaw, and the muscles in the face.
Symptoms of TMD
There are a number of symptoms that can indicate you may be suffering from TMD and often individuals may think they are suffering from another condition. Many patients visit another physician and are surprised when medication doesn’t work to treat the symptoms they are experiencing. TMD symptoms can include:
- Clicking or popping when you move your jaw
- Jaw pain when eating, yawning, or speaking
- Headaches, earaches, shoulder pain, or neck pain
- Limited jaw movement or complete jaw lock
- Facial swelling and discomfort
- Ringing of the ears
Diagnosis and Treatment
Unfortunately, not only does TMD remain undiagnosed for many patients, there are also patients who are unsure where to turn to when they receive a diagnosis. At Friendly Family Dentistry, we can help patients who are experiencing the effects of TMD. We will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your TMJ and facial structure. The evaluation will allow our team to see how your joints and facial muscles are working. Following a diagnosis, we will recommend a treatment plan based on your needs. We may recommend a treatment such as an oral appliance.
If TMD remains untreated for a period of time, your symptoms can continue to progress until you are in constant pain and discomfort. TMD can also affect your quality of life and keep you from enjoying your favorite foods and activities because the discomfort can be debilitating.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above and feel you may be experiencing the effects of TMD, contact our office located in Terre Haute, IN to schedule an appointment. We can help you get the relief you may need.