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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Symptoms of TMD

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a misaligned jaw joint. Overbites and underbites are types of TMD, but each TMD case is different. The most common symptoms are:
  • Chronic and severe headaches
  • Neck, face, and shoulder pain
  • Limited range of jaw motion
  • Clicking or popping noises when the jaw moves, which may or may not be painful
  • Tingling in the hands
  • Tooth grinding (which may also be a cause of TMD)
  • Premature tooth wear
  • Unaccountably loose teeth
  • Chronic tension in the jaw muscles
  • Earache or ringing in the ears

TMD causes are not all fully understood. It is often connected to having a small mouth, teeth in need of orthodontic work, and emotional stress which causes tooth grinding. It may also be caused by a blow to the side of the head. The cause may not actually be a dental cause, but the consequences will include dental problems.

Our dentists practice neuromuscular dentistry and can diagnose and treat TMD. They can determine your optimal jaw alignment and design a customized treatment to relieve your pain and correct your bite. Please call or email us if you would like to have a personal consultation.

posted by Patti at 1:34 PM


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