Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, occurs when people experience a painful lack of control of their jaw muscles. The source of TMD is a problem with the joint that connects your jaw to your skull, otherwise known as the temporomandibular joint, or the TMJ. TMD is widely referred to as TMJ, but TMD occurs when your TMJ is in distress.
No matter what we call it, TMD is painful. It might seem ironic that the name of a condition that impairs the ability to speak and pronounce words clearly contains the word “temporomandibular,” but those who suffer from TMD call it a painful and intrusive problem that affects normal, daily activities, activities that people without TMD find effortless and routine.
Common symptoms of TMD:
- Feeling pain around your jaw, face, and neck when eating, talking, and yawning
- Developing headaches, toothaches, and earaches
- Grinding your teeth
- Losing control of your jaw, including not being able to open your mouth or not being able to close your mouth
- Hearing grinding and clicking noises inside your jaw
- Struggling to move your jaw when chewing and speaking
- Losing some of your hearing and experiencing ringing in your ears
An irregular bite pattern, or malocclusion, triggers the symptoms of TMD. At Columbus Dental Solutions, we provide therapy that focuses on the cause of TMD. Gneuromuscular dentistry treats TMD at its source, removing your pain and other TMD symptoms.
Dr. Sitaram is an expert in Gneuromuscular dentistry. Gneuromuscular dentistry focuses on the nerves and muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint to help you regain a normal bite profile, or occlusion. Focusing on the areas that control your jaw provides a welcomed relief from this painful and debilitating condition so that it no longer disrupts your daily activities.
Please contact us at the Columbus Dental Solutions to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Sitaram today and begin taking control of your TMD instead of always feeling controlled by it. You deserve to live without jaw pain, and we help you achieve a harmonious occlusion so you can enjoy the pain-free life you deserve.