What Is TMD?
Severe headaches and pain elsewhere in the face or neck might come from an unexpected source: the jaw. If you regularly experience feelings of tension or discomfort in multiple parts of the face, our dentists in Mason, Ohio, can evaluate you for TMD.
TMD stands for temporomandibular disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-like joint positioned just in front of the ear. It connects the lower jaw to the upper portion of the skull.
The TMJ makes everyday motions like chewing and talking possible. If the joint is injured, dislocated, or inflamed due to a disorder like arthritis, it can lead to TMD symptoms such as:
- Pain in the head, jaw, or neck
- Diminished mobility and feelings of locking in the jaw
- Clicking or popping sounds coming from the joint
- Misalignment of the bite
- Swelling on one or both sides of the face
In extreme cases, TMD can cause significant pain and dysfunction of the jaw, potentially requiring orthodontic solutions to realign the upper and lower rows of teeth. The pressure created by an imbalanced bite also increases the risk of chipping or breaking a tooth.
If you’ve read about this disorder before, you’ve probably noticed that TMJ and TMD are often referred to interchangeably, even by dentists. Though they can be used in the same context, it’s worth remembering that TMJ is a part of the body and TMD is a disorder affecting the joint.
Please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry or call 513-234-5531 today to schedule a consultation at our Mason office to discuss TMD diagnosis, treatment, and more.