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TMD and its Symptoms

TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is a painful, potentially debilitating disorder that occurs when an individual’s bite becomes misaligned. A misaligned bite is called malocclusion, and can cause a host of symptoms for the sufferer, requiring diagnosis and treatment through Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Neuromuscular dentistry is a dental specialty that uses sophisticated testing methods to uncover the extent of the malocclusion and determine how to adjust the individual’s bite to the most relaxed position in an effort to alleviate the pain and discomfort.

Symptoms of TMD can include:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain and soreness
  • Jaw or neck stiffness
  • Facial pain
  • Forehead pain
  • Cluster headaches
  • Sinus-like headaches
  • Scalp tenderness
  • Mouth, face, cheek, or chin pain
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Tongue pain

Additional issues related to TMD include:

  • Severe wear and tear of the teeth
  • Teeth fractures
  • Tooth loss

These issues occur because the TMD sufferer unconsciously grinds and clenches their teeth at night, applying extreme pressure and wearing down the teeth.

Left untreated, the symptoms of TMD can worsen, affecting more than the jaw and mouth. In fact, your overall dental and medical health can be negatively affected. However, your neuromuscular dentist can permanently restore your bite to its proper alignment, helping you to avoid the symptoms of neuromuscular dysfunction, using a variety of:

  • Medications
  • Orthotic devices
  • Dental improvements

To learn more about TMD, contact the experienced neuromuscular dentists of Rochester Advanced Dentistry in Rochester, Michigan.

By |November 6th, 2008|Uncategorized|