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The signs, symptoms and causes of TMD

It can be easy to notice signs and symptoms of temporomanibular disorder (TMD) on yourself because it is usually accompanied with some sort of discomfort. It is important to be observant and look for these symptoms. With the help of Dr. Sara you will be able to find a treatment plan that solves all of your problems!

What are the Signs and Symptoms of TMD?

When eating you may notice a clicking or popping sound in the jaw, which becomes quite an annoying sound and feeling. In more serious cases, the jaw may even get stuck in the open or closed position. Oftentimes, avoiding this condition is impossible because of the pain it causes. This is a disorder that is often overlooked, but it can be very serious if left untreated. If you think you are suffering from TMD, take note of these signs:

    • Pain when chewing
    • Pain when talking
    • Clicking/popping in the jaw
    • Pain/tenderness in the jaw region
    • Lock-jaw

What are the causes of TMD?

As you know, we are all different, and that means the causes of TMD will vary from person to person. This is especially true when taking into account the severity of the situation. Typically, any injury involving your jaw, jaw joint, or the muscles in your neck, such as whiplash or a heavy blow to the face, can be a major contribution to TMD. 

In other instances, grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw can play a major role in the development of TMD. Putting any added stress on the jaw can cause an onset of TMD. And, in more serious cases, arthritis could be forming in the joint, causing you extreme discomfort. All of these instances can lead to a diagnosis of TMD, which means you need to visit your dentist today for further diagnosis.

Contact Dr. Sara today to learn more about TMD and to find out if you suffer from this condition. Remember, pain is not something you should ever “just deal” with. There is relief in sight.

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