Everyday dilemmas cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints enable strength and fluid motion as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these important joints can lead to acute pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of issues, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At The Lewisville Dentist, we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 2003, working with other specialists when needed. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call The Lewisville Dentist today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
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