What is TMD?
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, means that the hinge connecting your upper and lower jaw isn’t working properly. This hinge is one of the most complex joints in the body, responsible for moving the jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working as it should is called TMD.
Symptoms include: noises of the jaw such as clicking and popping, neck or head pain, severe headaches or migraines, posture difficulties, sleep apnea or excessive snoring, or ringing of the ears.
Diagnosis & Treatment
We’ll check your jaw joints for pain or tenderness and listen for clicks, pops, or grating sounds when you move them, and also make sure your jaw doesn’t lock when opening or closing. We’ll test your bite and check for problems with facial muscles and, if needed, take X-rays.
Treatment options may include: pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, a prescribed orthotic to wear over the teeth that will adjust and stabilize your bite, or long term bite correction.
Schedule a Consultation
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