TMD Symptoms and Care
Do you suffer from debilitating tension headaches, migraine pain, or painful problems with your jaw joint? While a variety of lifestyle and health issues can complicate these problems, recent research has shown that intense, prolonged jaw clenching is the main cause of these symptoms. When muscles have been constantly contracting, they become tense and sore. Clenching keeps the muscles involved in opening and closing your jaw in a constant state of tension and varying degrees of pain. It can also strain your sinuses and cause your neck to feel stiff.
What is TMD?
Temporomandibular disorder, known as TMD, is a cycle of pain, muscle spasms, and joint imbalance where the jaw meets the skull. The lower jaw meets the skull at the temporomandibular joint, known as the TMJ. This joint connects the temporal bone of the skull with the mandible bone of the jaw. Cushioning these two bones is a thin disc of cartilage. Five muscles support the joint.
Symptoms of TMD
When the balance of these bones, cartilage and muscles is lost, it can cause:
- Debilitating Tension Headaches
- Migraine pain
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- A clicking or popping in the joint
- A dull aching pain around the ear that spreads into the face
- Sore or painful jaw muscles
This cycle of pain, spasms and joint imbalance can be started by clenching or grinding the teeth, a bad bite caused by missing teeth or poorly aligned teeth, a blow to the joint, arthritis or emotional stress.
FDA approved dental appliances are available through our office for the prevention of this pain. It’s twice as effective as any preventive medication. In clinical trials, 82 percent of migraine sufferers experienced an average of 77 percent fewer migraines within the first 8 weeks of use. The approved appliances are an easy, effective, drug free way to treat your headaches and jaw pain.