TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorders. It can also be called TMJ syndrome. This refers to several different conditions of the jaw. The symptoms can be different, but one they all have one thing is common. They are all painful.
Types of Temporomandibular Disorders
Most temporomandibular disorders can be classified into one of three categories. Myofascial pain refers to pain in the muscles that control the jaw. It can also be felt in the neck and even the shoulders. Internal derangement of the joint refers to a dislocated jaw. Degenerative joint disease is a disease that affects the jaw such as osteoarthritis.
Symptoms If you think that you might have a temporomandibular disorder, there are some symptoms that you should look for. The most common sign that something is wrong is pain in the jaw. If the pain in your jaw lasts for a while or is chronic, you will want to make an appointment so that we can see what is going on. Another symptom that there might be an issue is if you often hear clicking in your jaw.
If it is not painful, the clicking does not need to be treated. If there is pain with the clicking, come see us. Other symptoms can include headaches, earaches, locking of the jaw, and a change in the way that your teeth come together when you close your mouth.
If you are experiencing pain that will not go away, or if you think that something is wrong with your jaw, make an appointment so that we can take a look at what is going on. Most types of TMD are easily treatable. If you have questions about your jaw and pain, please feel free to ask us. We know that most people do not know all that much about jaw health, so we will happily answer all of your questions.