TMD is a relatively common issue, particularly among people between the ages of 20 and 40. While it can be temporary, some form of intervention is often required to prevent long term discomfort. If you’re experiencing issues around the jaw, take some time to understand the symptoms of TMD before seeking proper diagnosis and treatment.
What is TMD?
TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, is a collective term for any dysfunction or pain related to the jaw, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The TMJ is a ball and socket joint connecting the jaw to the skull, allowing us to open and close our mouths to chew and speak. The joint has a small disk between the two bones to help cushion the surfaces and keep things working smoothly.
If the jaw and skull bones become misaligned, or something happens to misplace, pressure or damage the small disk, it can lead to uncomfortable complications for the jaw muscles, joints and nerves.
Common symptoms of TMD
The most common symptom experienced by those with TMD is pain in the jaw; however, the TMJ’s location means symptoms may impact the eyes, forehead, face, ears or neck.
With this in mind, TMD symptoms can include:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Changes in the way the upper and lower jaw fit together
- Jaw discomfort, soreness and stiffness
- Pain that resembles a toothache
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Crackling sounds in the ears
- A sense of fullness or discomfort in the ear
- Limited range or pain when opening and closing the mouth
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Muscle spasms in the jaw
- Blurred vision
- Numbness or tingling in the chin
- Pain at the base of the tongue
- Locked jaw
- Pain behind the eyes, face, shoulders, neck or back
- Tooth sensitivity
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers
It is important to note that having one or a combination of these symptoms does not automatically signal TMD. The complex nature of the neck, jaw, shoulders, mouth and nerves in the area means any symptoms should be referred to a specialist for a proper diagnosis. Once diagnosed, your dentist can recommend a treatment plan.
Why see a dentist for TMD?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned you may have TMD; it is always worth scheduling a consultation with a specialised dentist. Depending on the severity of the issue, your dentist may also request an MRI to help correctly diagnose the underlying problem.
An expert dentist, like those at Beacon Cove Dental, will take the time to understand your symptoms, as well as your medical history, before making an informed decision about the best course of treatment.
Trusting the experts with TMD treatment
At Beacon Cove Dental, our highly qualified team genuinely cares about your dental health and overall well-being. We want to empower you to take control of your health by educating you on the options, so you have confidence in choosing the best treatment for you.
If you’re experiencing TMD symptoms or have any other dental questions, don’t hesitate to book a consultation at Beacon Cove Dental today.