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TMD (TMJ)

Most people don't think to mention the pain in their facial muscles or jaw joints to their dentists. Yet such pain is a common symptom of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) or otherwise known as TMJ.  TMJ refers to temporomandibular joints but it is also a common name for a disorder that affects the facial muscles and joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull.  A more recent designation for this condition is TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders).This condition causes pain on both sides of the forehead and sometimes in the neck as well. Other symptoms of TMD may include jaw pain, biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort, reduced ability to open or close the mouth and popping/clicking of the jaw joints during opening and closing.  The American National Institute of Health estimates that 5 to 10 percent of Americans suffer from TMD severe enough to warrant treatment.  TMD can be caused by tension in the muscles that move the jaw, the way your upper and lower teeth fit together (bite) or in some cases the jaw joints. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, teeth and joints from working properly may result in TMD.

We conduct tests for diagnoses of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders), Chronic Headaches, Migraines and Craniofacial Pain (TMJ symptoms) and Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) – clicking , popping, locking, crepitus. The treatment is case/patient dependent and varies in length but is very well accepted by patients.

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