If you know someone with jaw pain, you may have heard them mention having TMJ or TMD. No matter what they called it, This miniscule acronym has likely caused them maximum discomfort. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint, so jaw pain is the most obvious associated symptom, but there are other symptoms that may seem to have nothing to do with the TMJ. What are they and could you have a disorder of the TMJ? Click here to learn more.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)
Essentially, disorders of the TMJ are known as TMD. While the source of the discomfort is in the jaw joint, TMD causes a number of other symptoms, such as:
Earaches and headaches
Neck, shoulder, and back pain
Ringing or popping of the ears
Facial pain or swelling
If you were to see your primary care physician about neck pain, they may not instinctively think of your jaw joint. This is exactly why it’s important that you mention any of the above symptoms at your next visit to my office. There is no need to live with persistent discomfort when there are ways I can help.
Dentistry to the Rescue
I love so much about being a dentist, but one of the things I am passionate about is helping my patients find relief from pain. In the case of those who suffer from TMD symptoms, I am able to use state-of-the-art technology like Tek-Scan to help determine exactly what type of treatment will restore their health. The data produced by this technology allows me to customize an occlusal orthotic (bite splint) that could put an end to chronic head, neck, ear, and jaw pain for good.
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, you may not want to wait until your next scheduled visit to see me. Anytime you feel that you might be experiencing TMJ pain (or anything else dental-related), be sure to call my office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. There’s no need to live in pain when I can help you feel comfortable again.