Are You Suffering From TMD?
Do you wake up every morning with a headache? Do you have discomfort in your jaw that keeps you from eating certain foods? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms related to TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition leaves patients with chronic issues that affect the muscles of the face and the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge that connects the jaw to the skull.
Signs of TMD
The signs and symptoms of TMD can be similar to symptoms of medical conditions. Therefore, patients with TMD are often misdiagnosed, and the treatment plan is not effective. For example, patients may experience regular earaches and visit the doctor thinking they have an ear infection only to learn their ears are fine. TMD symptoms can include:
- Popping, grating, or clicking sensation when you open and close your mouth
- Uncomfortable and frequent ache in your neck or jaw
- Recurring headaches near or around your ear
- Frequent tightness or soreness in your jaw muscles
- Frequent toothaches due to clenching and grinding your teeth
We Can Treat TMD
There are many people who are living with TMD but have not been properly diagnosed and are not receiving treatment. TMD can affect various aspects of your daily life. We can provide an evaluation to determine if you suffer from this common condition. Aside from a visual or physical evaluation, we may also take X-rays of your jaws to help identify any issues. If we diagnose a problem, we will determine the best course of treatment to help ease your symptoms. We use a comfortable oral appliance to treat TMD symptoms. Patients love that their symptoms and quality of life improve after starting treatment.
If you or a loved one is suffering from one or more of the symptoms above and live in Meridian, ID, be sure to contact our office to learn more about how we can help improve your quality of life. We look forward to hearing from you soon!