Have you heard the term “TMD” and wondered exactly what it was? Perhaps you’ve even heard it from your dentist, but never really understood what having “TMD” meant? We wanted to take a little time and talk about this condition, including what it is and what you can do about it.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a misunderstood condition that often goes undiagnosed and untreated. It can cause so many different types of discomfort that it’s hard to know if your symptoms are connected to it or due to something else entirely. This is why TMD is often called “the great impostor.”
At the heart of TMD is the temporomandibular joint, otherwise known as TMJ. This joint is very complex and unlike any other joint in your body. Your jaw has two of these joints, and they must work together in perfect harmony to allow for the complicated motion needed to eat.
If something goes wrong, problems like TMD can result. Some of the most common symptoms of TMD include:
- Pain, tenderness in the jaw
- Tired jaw muscles
- Migraines or frequent headaches
- Ringing in the ears
- Trouble opening your mouth widely
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing your mouth
A number of things can lead to TMD, including poorly aligned teeth, teeth grinding or even accidents. Unfortunately, if left untreated TMD can lead to larger dental problems. It’s also painful to live with, especially if you find yourself dealing with headaches and jaw pain.
If you suspect you have this condition, then it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. They can help diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan based on your unique situation.