TMD symptoms

Do you suffer from any of the following:


Jaw joint pain

Jaw joint noises or clicking

Limited mouth opening

Ear congestion


Ringing in ears

Clenching or grinding

Postural problems

Neck pain

If you do, you may be suffering from TMD or Temporomandibular Dysfunction.

The bite can be a factor in many types of pain or functional problems because of the inter-relationship of the overall muscular system. Since there is a relationship between the teeth, jaw joints, head and neck muscles, and head posture, a problem in in any one of these areas may affect others, leading to symptoms like those listed above; that you may never think would be related to your bite or TMJ. An imperfect or poor bite often plays a significant role in these conditions and a dentist trained to treat them may help resolve some of, if not all of the problems. However diagnosing these problems can sometime be very difficult at times and may require the collective efforts of other healthcare professionals. These may include an ear, nose and throat specialist, physical therapist, chiropractor, or cranial osteopath, just to name a few.

Treatment by the dentist would possibly include a series of tests to find out where your jaw position allows the disks to maintain their proper relationship to the bones of the joint, and the muscles of the head and neck are in their most relaxed state. It then may lead to the fabrication of an orthotic or custom made appliance worn over the teeth to maintain the new derived bite position. If the symptoms resolve or improve with the orthotic wear, it proves your bite is the most likely culprit of your problem. You may then elect to continue orthotic wear long term, or decide to have orthodontics or restorative dentistry done, or a combination of both, to have your permanent teeth treated to maintain this new bite position.
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