Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Are You a Candidate?

August 07, 2013

So what is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and how can you tell if you’re a candidate?

Temporomadibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJD, TMD, or TMJ) is characterized by an acute pain due to inflammation of the temporomandibular joint and/or muscles of mastication. The joint connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull (temporal bone) which is located in front of the ears. TMD is associated with problems with the jaw, jaw joint and facial muscles which control speaking and chewing. The temporomandibular joints are flexible allowing the jaws to move smoothly while eating, yawning, speaking, and the like.

TMJD causes include grinding the teeth or clenching the teeth which place great pressure on the joint. Aside from that, it can also be caused by jaw injuries, dislocation of the soft disc that connects the mandible to the skull, presence of rheumatoid arthritis, and stress.

Symptoms

So how do you know if you have TMD? In order to know if you’re a candidate for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, you need to know the symptoms. TMJ is characterized by tenderness and pain in the face, neck, joint area, ears, and/or shoulders upon speaking, yawning, and chewing.

Patients who have TMD have limited ability to open the mouth wide and clicking or popping sound can be heard when the jaw moves. Furthermore, patients also experience difficulty in chewing, swelling on the side of the face, and jaws might get locked when opening or closing the mouth.

If you have experienced at least one of the symptoms above, make sure you visit your orthodontist to avoid further discomforts and pain which later on can affect your performance especially at work. You can contact Dr Feldman on Tel: 813 968 2483.

Feldman Orthodontics 1773 W Fletcher Ave. Tampa 33612 Florida Tel: 813 968 2483