|Symptoms You May Have TMD
Posted on 8/10/2020 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
|Falls, impacts from accidents, teeth grinding, and other similar events can induce pain in your jaws. But if you're experiencing jaw pains, particularly around the area right beneath your ear, you may be dealing with a variety of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Your temporomandibular joints hook your jaws to the rest of your skull. They essentially allow your jaws to pivot around your skull to facilitate mouth movement for purposes like eating, speaking, yawning, etc. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a broad name for just about any issue affecting the temporomandibular joint. These issues may begin as mild, nearly imperceptible symptoms, and then gradually worsen over time if neglected.
You're particularly at risk of developing TMD symptoms if you're exposed to common causes of the ailments, including stress, frequent teeth grinding and teeth clenching, inflammatory disorders, jaw fatigue from chewing gum or other non-nutritious items, bad posture, and previous jaw fracture.
Common Symptoms of TMD
TMD symptoms may be quite subtle you might not be able to tell if you have the condition. Also, in most cases, the symptoms go away with little or no treatment. These include symptoms like jaw pains (including clicking or grating sensations felt on the jaw), earache, difficulties with chewing, headaches, facial pains, swelling on either side of the face, stuffy nose resulting from inflammation-induced overdrive of mucus production, and numbness and pain around body parts like the neck, back, hands, arm, and fingers.
If any of these symptoms persist for several days, even after taking over-the-counter medications, then you need to get help from our dentists as soon as possible. At our offices, we'll interview and examine you to trace out the exact causes of the symptoms. We'll recommend the best treatment regimen for you based on what we gather after assessing factors like your oral medical history, x-ray images, the state of your jaws and bones, your teeth bite pattern, and many more. Our recommendations may include various medications, oral appliances, pain-relief options, physical therapies, and diet plans. Call us today to get prompt, effective dental intervention for your TMD symptoms.