Posted on 4/13/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Do you feel pain in your jaw or having difficulties opening your mouth wide? You may want to consider visiting us for consultation because that can be symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD.
Now, what is TMD? Mistakenly called as TMJ, TMD is the issues associated with problems and misalignment of the temporomandibular joint, the joint connecting the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. This joint is responsible for helping you open your mouth so you can chew, talk, and yawn.
If the temporomandibular joint has problems, you can feel pain in your jaw joint area as well as on the inner ear, neck, and shoulders and you will be having problems when you open and close your mouth.
Causes & Symptoms of TMD
There are few known causes of TMD and these causes are not yet clear. As dentists, we believe that jaw injuries or even some injuries to the head and shoulders can be developed into TMD.
But if this is not the case, some people are being diagnosed with TMD if suffer from Bruxism or unknowingly teeth grinding and teeth clenching, especially at night during sleep.
As mentioned, people with TMD can feel pain in the jaw area and beyond. This is a constant pain that will not go away, especially when opening the mouth.
Also, the jaws usually get locked upon opening and closing of the mouth while hearing popping sounds on the jaw. If you could already notice some swelling in your face, it is time to see the dentist.
Properly Diagnosing TMD
If you are still confused if you are really suffering from TMD or just a regular aches and pains, you need to go to the dentist. First, we need to listen to your jaws when you open and close your mouth.
Dentists need to be sure that the symptoms are not caused by other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease or other health problems including arthritis or joint disorder.
Once identified, dentists will run full face x-rays to locate the temporomandibular joints. If this is not yet enough to provide diagnosis, a magnetic resonance imaging and computer tomography scans can help in the diagnosis. The treatment for TMD can start at home, but to get rid of TMD, a visit to the oral surgeon is recommended.
Let us help you. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms, do not hesitate to contact us right away. Schedule an appointment today!