Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.
Symptoms of TMD include:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
Should you notice any of these symptoms, let our office know. Dr. Smith can help assess the presence of TMD and create an effective treatment just for you.
Dr. Smith has studied extensively with Dr. Steve Galella, founder of The Facial Beauty Institute and many other TMJ specialists to learn how to offer you the best treatment for lasting results. With extensive education on the subject, Dr. Smith can assess and address all the possible causes that can lead to symptoms from TMD. Without knowledge of the entire system and how it works together, treating TMD can be difficult. Dr. Smith however can ensure the underlying issue is discovered and can recommend treamtent to resolve it effectively.
WHAT IS TMD?
Temporomandibular Joint Disease is an all encompassing term for dysfunctional and or damaged TMJ joints. There can be a variety of reasons for TMD, including injuries, but most suffer because of development changes of the face and jaws.
Patients suffering from TMJ commonly show similar facial features such as:
- Weak chins
- Long lower facial heights
- Deep dental bites
- High angled lower jaws
- Gummy smiles
But many still suffer in the absence of these facial give aways. However, most commonly suffer from headaches and neck pain, grinding, and poor sleep.
Give your suffering, call today, don't live in pain any longer and let Dr. Smith help you understand the root cause of your problems and how to help them.