ONE OUT OF EIGHT PEOPLE in the United States are living with pain related to TMD every day. Thankfully, if diagnosed and treated correctly, relief is just around the corner.
Common Symptoms of TMD
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is pain and discomfort caused by problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.
Common TMD symptoms include:
- Jaw muscle stiffness; limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Painful clicking, popping, or grating in the jaw joint
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Earaches or ringing ears
(NOTE TO OUR CLIENTS: What are other symptoms of TMD? How do you diagnose TMD in your practice? Does your practice have an experience—a TMD case study, success story, etc.—you’d like to share?)
TMD Has Multiple Causes
Adding to TMD’s complexity, there can be multiple causes. While an autoimmune disease or various forms of arthritis can affect your temporomandibular joint, some lesser known causes of TMD include bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), bad bite, and stress.
Depending on your symptoms, various treatments and orthodontic solutions are available such as:
- Muscle relaxation techniques/stress management
- Physical therapy
(NOTE TO OUR CLIENTS: What more specific treatment options are available for those who have a bad bite? What specifically can be done for patients who grind their teeth? Does your practice provide dental splints to your patients? List any other treatment options done in your practice.)
Don’t Suffer Needlessly!
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD or have any questions, make an appointment to come visit us. We’re here to help relieve your pain and regain your quality of life!
Thank you for your continued trust in our practice!
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