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The Most Common Signs of TMD


Posted on 6/19/2023 by Amir Hosseini, DDS
The Most Common Signs of TMDHave you been feeling some unexplainable pain in your jaw area, with some accompanying headaches? While not all jawbone pain may be directly linked to TMD, it is always best to know what you may be suffering from. Our professionals have compiled the common signs that point to TMD.

What is TMD?


Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a condition where the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and the jaw muscles are not functioning as expected. This often results in serious pain for any patient. The temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect our lower jawbone to our skull. Seeing some of the following signs may mean that you are suffering from TMD.

Unusual Jaw Sounds


When inflamed, you may hear clicking noises or popping sounds from the TMJ when you chew or talk. This is more evident when you open your mouth in a yawn or shout posture. Popping and clicking sounds are the most common signs of a temporomandibular disorder.

Jaw Pain And Tenderness


TMDs often bring pain in the jaw area. There is usually a tenderness in the jaw, causing a strain in your facial and jaw muscles. These pain may extend to the neck area and under the ears too. Sometimes, the pain makes it difficult to open your mouth and jaw.

Locking Jaws


Temporomandibular disorders often make it difficult to move the jaw. Hence the jaw locks when you try to open and close your mouth. This locking effect is a common symptom of TMD, and it is usually with pain.

Accompanying Headaches


As you try to make mouth and jaw movements, the disorder strains your facial muscles. This often causes serious pain that comes with headaches or migraines. Even grinding the teeth in this situation can spark a migraine.

While you may feel other symptoms like eye pain, or even a sense of taste or smell disorder, the best way to confirm if you have TMD is to let our professionals examine you. Schedule an appointment with us today to know more about TMJ and TMD.

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