Do you have headaches, neck aches, a jaw that clicks when you open your mouth, limited opening range of the jaw or ringing in the ears? It may be TMD. Some 60 million Americans have TMD. It’s what happens when the muscles in the jaw and the temporomandibular joint are out of alignment or under stress, causing problems when chewing. In simpler terms, the mouth’s ligaments, muscles, bones and joint do not line up, thereby causing pain.
Symptoms of TMD
窶｢ clicking, popping or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
窶｢ headaches and/or dizziness
窶｢ tenderness in jaw muscles
窶｢ ear ache
窶｢ jaws that sometimes lock open when yawning or if the mouth is held open
窶｢ spasms or cramps in the jaw area
Once Dr. Clifford determines the cause of your TMD he will suggest a variety of possible treatments depending on your specific need, such as correcting your bite(the way your teeth fit together), cold laser, splint and/or cold laser therapy.