According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, approximately 10 million Americans are affected by Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) at any given time, with women being more likely to develop the condition than men.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), also known as TMJ disorder, is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull. The TMJ is a complex joint that allows for a wide range of movements, such as opening and closing the mouth, chewing, and speaking. When this joint is not functioning properly, it can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty with jaw movement. TMD can be caused by a variety of factors, such as jaw injuries, arthritis, teeth grinding, or stress, and it can range from mild to severe.
SYMPTOMS OF TMD INCLUDE:
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
- Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when opening or closing the mouth
- Aching pain in or around the ear
- Facial pain or swelling
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Locking of the jaw
- Tooth sensitivity
- Neck and shoulder pain