Do you experience pain in your face, ears, below or in front of your ears, or headaches for which your medical doctor has not found a cause? Do your jaw joints, located in front of your ears, hurt when you chew or do, they make clicking or crackling noises? If so, you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Disorder – often called TMD.
The temporomandibular joints – or TMJs – are located on both sides of the face in front of the ears, connecting the jawbone to the skull. They’re the most complicated joints in the human body, and they allow us to open our mouths wide and move our jaws side to side.
Symptoms of TMD affect millions of North Americans and can appear with no apparent cause. They can also appear after a trauma, such as …
- a traffic accident or a blow to the face
- teeth clenching
- excessive gum chewing
- a bad bite
- nail biting.
Also … cradling a phone between your shoulder and head can cause or exacerbate TMD. Stress and tension may awaken or aggravate an existing TMD condition. But stress alone does not cause this disorder if a patient enjoys good oral health.
To diagnose TMD, a thorough exam by your Dripping Springs dentist in Texas is necessary. We’ll determine if the cause of your discomfort is your jaw joint, and from there, if necessary, we can offer you TMJ treatment in Dripping Springs that will offer you relief … and help you live life to the fullest.
Yours in dental health,
Dr. Smith, DDS, Dripping Springs