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Signs & Symptoms of TMD

The temporomandibular joints (aka TMJ) are one of the most complex joints in the body, in large part because there are so many moving pieces. If one of parts fails, temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) may occur.

Common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction can include:

  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Jaw pain
  • Limited opening
  • Clicking or popping noises from the jaws
  • Lock jaw
  • Inability of the front teeth to touch

TMJ dysfunction can be caused by a wide range of problems, each affecting a different part of the joint – or sometimes multiple parts of the joint. Common causes of TMJ dysfunction include:

  • Arthritis
  • Injury
  • Poor bite (ie malocclusion)
  • Cartilage degeneration
  • Excessive clenching or grinding
  • Hyperactive muscles


TMD treatment

TMD Treatment

Successful management of TMD begins with accurate diagnosis, because effective treatment will address which the part of the joint is failing. Furthermore, because of the complex design of the TMJ, multi-disciplinary care is often required. Meaning it’s vitally important for your dentist to work comfortably with of a team of physicians.

If you‘ve been affected by TMJ problems, begin the process of figuring out what is causing the problem. Then you start discussing appropriate treatment options.