TMJD or TMJ Disorder is a condition that makes it uncomfortable to do things like enjoy your favorite foods or even sit through a dental appointment. A lot of people come into the dental office saying they “have TMJ,” but do you really, truly have TMJD?
Locking of the Joint
That’s right, your jaw could possibly lock in a position where you cannot move it. It may be stuck open and require professional treatment to put it back into place.
Popping, Grinding or Other Noises
If the joint is not functioning properly, the disk between the two bones may contribute to noises made during opening and closing of the jaw. These may be heard or felt. Your dentist will check for these findings during a TMJ screening at your routine dental evaluation.
Inability to Open or Close the Jaw Comfortably
Whether from pain, discomfort, or physical barriers, people with TMJD may be unable to open and close their mouth, or even chew food. If brushing your teeth or eating is becoming a problem, then have your dentist check your joint range of motion.
Severe Muscle Fatigue and Facial Pain
Abnormal function or stress to the joint can create severe pain in the area of the TMJ, ears, face, neck, and even the shoulders. Headaches are normal. A bite splint can help reduce muscle strain associated with this condition.
Disorders of the jaw can make everyday life miserable. If you’ve tried home remedies or an over the counter splint, it’s time to take it a step further. Ask your dentist about non-invasive TMJD therapy that can help you live comfortably and enjoy your activities once again.
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
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