Just like other joints in your body, the jaw moves with the help of ligaments and muscles. If you have a sore jaw, you may be experiencing TMD. Read more to learn about this condition. How does this happen? Well, in front of your ear, the joint that connects your bottom jar to your skull may get sore. This happens when the joint moves up and down and side to side. When this joint becomes damaged, it is referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
Common causes of TMD are:
- Jaw or Facial Injury
- Teeth Grinding or Clenching (Bruxism)
- Joint Arthritis
Although dentists do not know why TMD occurs, there are a few different painful and uncomfortable symptoms that make living with TMD difficult. The majority of those diagnosed with TMD are women between 20 and 40 years old. Common symptoms are a pain in your face, shoulders, neck, or jaw. Additionally, you may have difficulty opening your mouth, clicking or popping in the jaw, experiencing a ‘stuck jaw’, difficulty chewing or biting, and/or swelling.
Many of the symptoms for TMD are similar to other dental concerns. So, do not be afraid to bring up any concerns! During your consultation, Dr. Lau will conduct a thorough physical exam. Dr. Lau will ensure that your jaw opens and closes correctly and does not lock, pop, or click when opening or closing. Dr. Lau and his team may also order an x-ray, a computer tomography (CT) scan, or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
If you experience jaw or facial pain, visit Dr. Lau at Meadowbrook Family Dental. You may be experiencing early signs of TMD. If left untreated, TMD can manifest into a severe problem that requires surgery to resolve. Call Dr. Lau at (916)-912-4126 to schedule an appointment today! We look forward to meeting you!