The Importance Of Treating TMD
Do you often experience unexplained headaches, or do you regularly have discomfort in your jaw and facial muscles? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of a common condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD, affects the face muscles and the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull, the temporomandibular joint. If you feel behind your earlobe near your neck and open your mouth, you can feel the joint in action.
Symptoms of TMD
Unfortunately, TMD often remains untreated because the symptoms closely resemble those of other medical conditions. Individuals often visit other medical professionals and are confused when the treatment plan is unsuccessful. If you experience any of the following symptoms, there is a chance you have TMD:
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw pain and facial discomfort
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Jaw that feels stuck
- Ear discomfort or ringing in the ears
Importance of Receiving Treatment
When left untreated, TMD can negatively affect your quality of life. Patients often live with pain every day and have difficulty opening their mouths wide and chewing certain foods. Your condition will continue to worsen until treatment is received. The temporomandibular joint is just like any other joint in your body and will continue to wear down when a problem is experienced. It is similar to those who experience problems with their knees and hips.
We Can Help!
Did you know that we can help patients who suffer from TMD? After a consultation and review of your medical history, we will devise a treatment plan that will be tailored to your needs. We will complete a functional and structural examination to help determine if you suffer from this common condition.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above and think you may be experiencing the effects of TMD, contact our office, which is located in St. Marys, GA, to schedule an appointment. We can help you get the relief you may need.