Those who deal with constant, nagging pain in their face or jaw may have what is known as a Temporomandibular Disorder (or TMD). TMD encompasses various conditions that all have to do with a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ). This joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. No matter the specific condition you have, if you feel constant pain in your face and jaw, it is crucial you read on and speak with our experienced dental team to learn more about TMD and how we can help you live pain-free. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What causes TMD?
There are various potential causes of TMD, though experts are not definitively sure of the exact cause. Some of the potential causes of TMD are as follows:
- Misaligned teeth
- Tension and stress in the jaw resulting in muscle spasms
- Arthritis in the jaw joint
- Tumors on the jaw joint
- Jaw trauma–this most frequently occurs after an accident or as a result of long-term teeth grinding
What are some of the symptoms of TMD?
If you suffer from TMD, there is a very good chance you experience any of the following:
- Facial muscle spasms that make it difficult to open your mouth
- Recurring headaches in certain areas
- Your jaw locking and refusing to open or close at certain times
- Pain or discomfort when you chew food, speak, or open your mouth
- Common popping or cracking when you move your jaw
How is TMD treated?
If you are diagnosed with a TMD, you will be treated for your specific medical condition by a professional. Generally, these conditions do not last more than a few months, however, certain TMDs are difficult to treat. While many of these conditions can be treated with nightguards, pain medication, physical therapy, and other means, some of them are severe enough to require surgery.
That is why if you experience constant pain and discomfort, the worst thing you can do is simply resign to “living with it.” If this happens to you, immediately speak with a friendly, knowledgeable dental team. Dental Associates of Basking Ridge has been helping individuals achieve the healthy smile they deserve for years, and we are ready to do so for you.
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