What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)?

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Seeking treatment for your TMD symptoms will help you keep your natural teeth in good shape while also helping you reduce painful headaches and jaw soreness in your everyday life.

What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)?

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD), according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, can be defined as “disorders of the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones, and joints from working together in harmony may result in temporomandibular disorder.”

Problems with the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are common, with millions of Americans affected by temporomandibular disorders.

What are the signs and symptoms of TMD?

TMJ-related problems and TMD symptoms vary depending on each individual case but some of the most common include chronic headaches, facial pain, difficulty chewing, clicking or popping sound when opening and closing your mouth, tenderness in your jaws, neck stiffness and ringing ears. In some cases these symptoms may be accompanied by dizziness and vertigo.

If left untreated this disorder can lead to further complications such as depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation due to chronic pain.

Because so many TMJ-related problems originate from dental causes, our Denver practice offers therapy for TMD and bruxism to help our patients manage their symptoms and control their pain. 

TMD, or craniofacial pain, can wreak havoc on your health, causing:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Back pain
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Facial or throat pain
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Tired jaw
  • Earaches, congestion, or ringing ears
  • And more!

The Importance Of TMD Treatment

You should be happy and healthy and able to live your best life without having to worry about how you will manage your TMJ pain from day to day.

For this reason, we choose to offer alignment treatments that can treat your symptoms without permanently altering your jaw or facial structure in any way. 

Getting the non-invasive TMD treatment you need is essential not only if you want to get out of pain and live a more comfortable life, but also if you’re going to preserve the health of your smile over the long term. The clenching and teeth grinding associated with TMJ can also cause significant wear and tear to your teeth.

Seeking treatment for your TMD symptoms will help you keep your natural teeth in good shape while also helping you reduce painful headaches and jaw soreness in your everyday life. 

At Aligned Healing of Denver we can help you with that!

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