If you experience discomfort and lack of mobility in the muscles and joints that control the jaw, it may mean that you have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). At Hilliard Modern Dental, we diagnose and treat pain in the jaw.

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Do I Have TMJ Or TMD?

The primary symptom of TMD is problems moving the jaw. Some people may not experience pain with their condition, but usually patients report symptoms including:

  • Pain or stiffness in the jaw muscles
  • Clicking or popping when opening and closing the mouth
  • Chronic headaches
  • Locking or tightness of the jaw
  • Pain in the neck or shoulders
  • Ear pain (including pressure and ringing or tinnitus)
  • Misaligned or ill-performing bite

In general, TMD does not mean you have a medical emergency. However, this condition can significantly disrupt your life by making chewing, eating, talking and breathing extremely difficult.

What Causes TMJ/TMD?

The condition can be caused by a variety of habits. Common culprits include the grinding of teeth while sleeping, misaligned teeth, fingernail biting, obsessive gum chewing and other dental conditions.

The joint where the upper and lower jaw meet is called the temporomandibular joint. TMD causes inflammation in the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw, and results in a limited range of motion in the jaw.

Should You Seek Treatment For TMD?

Through custom treatments and jaw-alignment appliances, TMD/J symptoms can be alleviated and even resolved. If you experience ongoing or worsening pain in your jaw, make an appointment to discuss your condition with our team.

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