There are a lot of symptoms associated with TMD, but many don’t know the difference between TMJ and TMD. If you think you have an issue affecting the jaw area, be sure to visit a dentist so that he or she can evaluate what you have and can begin taking steps to help you.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, or Temporomandibular joint, is the jaw joint that serves as the connection between the temporal and mandible skull bone. The TMJs are complex because they shift, rotate and translate out of the socket and enable side-to-side movement.
What is TMD?
TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorder and is an affliction affecting the TMJs. There are various symptoms associated with TMD, but some of the most common are:
- Pain in the face, jaw, neck or shoulders
- Jaw soreness or stiffness
- Changes in your bite
- Ear pain, fullness or pressure in the ears
- Dizziness and vision problems
Common Causes of TMD
Because teeth and the jaw are used so often and can change over time, TMD is usually caused by a wide range of issues, including:
- Excessive gum chewing
- Trauma to the jaw
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Stress or other mental health issues
- Misaligned jaw
- Arthritis or autoimmune disease
- Prolonged mouth opening
Why Pace Dental?
At Pace Dental, our goal is to get you back to being healthy and pain-free as quickly as possible with as little anxiety as possible. We understand that many people have fears about the dentist, but we want you to be comfortable and stress-free. If you think you might have TMD, give us a call as soon as possible.