The most common symptom of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is popping or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth. These sounds may or may not be accompanied by pain. Additional symptoms of TMD include general tension in the jaw or face, ringing in the ears, dizziness, neck pain and chronic headaches, including migraines. The nature of symptoms presents a challenge to the objective or reaching an accurate diagnosis. Our team uses specific instruments and protocols to observe the structure of the jaw and how it may be a trigger for uncomfortable symptoms.
Research suggests a few potential causes of TMD, though this condition is not completely understood at this point. There is a possibility that multiple factors contribute to dysfunction and tightness in the muscular structure that supports the temporomandibular joints. These include:
There are instances of TMD that may be related to excessive stress on the jaw, such as bruxism. Minor and temporary symptoms of this condition may be relieved with lifestyle modifications such as:
It is important to obtain professional care for symptoms of TMD if improvement is not achieved with lifestyle habits alone or if symptoms have occurred for more than a few weeks.
A neuromuscular dental examination is performed to help us understand the physical state of the jaw and the temporomandibular joints. We may listen as you open and close your mouth and may gently palpate the joints as you do this.
The range of motion of your jaw will be observed, and the muscles around the TMJs will be felt.
Neuromuscular dentistry is a valuable resource for patients with TMD. Give us a call to learn more about our diagnostic and treatment protocols.
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