If you suffer from frequent headaches, facial pain or an aching jaw, you may have a common, but painful condition known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). TMD is an inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the skull to the lower jaw. This important joint allows you to eat, speak and yawn, and any problem that prevents the TMJ’s complex system from functioning properly can result in severe, chronic pain. As a result, the long-term consequences can take a serious toll on your emotional and physical well-being.
Common symptoms of TMD include:
- Facial Pain
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Upper back and shoulder soreness
- Ringing in the ears
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
- A locked jaw in the open or closed position
- Difficulty opening the mouth wide
- Chipped or worn teeth
It’s important to address symptoms of TMD as soon as possible as the disorder typically doesn’t go away on its own. Because TMD often mimics other conditions, it is frequently misunderstood and in many cases ignored. With proper treatment, TMD is highly treatable.
If pain persists and interferes with your every day activities, visit your San Jose dentist. Dental Dimensions specializes in diagnosing and treating this painful disorder. There are treatment methods available, and your dentist will work with you to identify the best option for your specific case.