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TMD

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD), also referred to as TMJ occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (TMJ) and surrounding facial muscles

What are the symptoms?

TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can be temporary or last many years. It may affect one or both sides of the face. It is true that more women than men suffer from TMD, and it can occur at a wide range of ages, starting as early as 15 years of age, all the way to someone in their 70’s and beyond.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew or speak
  • Recurring headaches
  • Problems when you try to open your mouth wide
  • Jaws that get "stuck" or "lock" in the open- or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite—as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Dr. Jeffrey Supple will perform a comprehensive TMD exam in order to diagnose specific areas of concern. A treatment plan and course of action will be presented to help correct any issues