Everyday dilemmas cause some men and women to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some frequent culprits.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause or complicate 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 allow for strength and flexibility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these critical 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 problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Kernagis Dental Excellence we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 2001, working with other specialists when required. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Kernagis Dental Excellence today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
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