So what is TMD/TMJ and how is it related to my bite?

TMJ or the temporomandibular joint is the joint that located in the area directly in front of both ears. This is one of the most important joints in the body and is responsible for chewing, biting, talking and yawning.

TMJ is made up of muscles tendons, aon bones and damage to any part of the joint can cause serious pain. When this occurs, it is called TMD, or Temporomandibular disorder.

The TMJ is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw.  A bad bite, which is diagnosed from symptoms like interference with chewing and strain on the jaw, may also be signs of TMD.

Here is a list of symptoms that are related to :

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Neck, shoulder, back pain or stiffness
  • Clicking or grating sounds to TMJ
  • Pain or soreness in TMJ
  • Locking jaw (opened or closed)
  • Unexplained teeth or facial pain
  • Earaches, stuffiness, or ringing
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in fingers or arms

TMD could become the start of some serious health problems, not to mention extremely painful, if not treated early on.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Call Dr. Carson can help.  Give her a call today!

 

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