“It hurts when I open my mouth…”
“My jaw makes a noise when I open and close…”
“My ears hurt…“
“I clench my teeth…“
“My jaws hurt…“
“I get headaches…“
“My neck hurts…”
“I have TMJ…“
These are common patient complaints that I hear all the time and they are all part of what is better known as Temporomandibular Disorder.
Temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMD, is a common problem. Many people refer to it as TMJ, but it’s actually called TMD. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, which is actually the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. So when people say they have TMJ, they are really saying that they have ‘the joint’, which we all do. But TMD is the actual problem.
The TMJ’s are like other joints in the body i.e., hip and shoulder, in that it is possible to develop problems with them. Whether it is arthritis, or an injury caused by a motor vehicle accident, chronic problems can arise.
The concept of the joint itself is pretty simple…a ball and socket joint that moves up and down, from side to side and forwards and backwards. But, as mentioned previously, a potential source of many problems. Due to the broad nature of TMD, it’s best to divide it up in to different categories:
1) Anatomy of the joint
2) Causes of TMD
3) Signs of TMD
5) Treatment Options and Patient Education
If you suffer from TMD or any of the above mentioned symptoms, know that relief is a phone call away. We can help. Simply dial (905) 791-3867 today to book a consultation. We’re located at 40 Finchgate Blvd., Suite 121, in the heart of Brampton, Ontario.
Learn more about TMD in the next installment.