Everyday problems cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints permit fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these essential joints can lead to acute pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of issues, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Cary Family Dental we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 2003, working with other specialists when necessary. If you are suffering from clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Cary Family Dental today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Allan Acton and I am dedicated to providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Cary and the greater Raleigh area.
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