TMD Symptoms

Edmond, Lawton, Norman, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Caring for your smile is what Dr. Terry Bass is passionate about, and nothing can ruin your bite more quickly or cause damage to your teeth like TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Understanding the symptoms of TMD is as important as understanding its cause, and can help you identify a condition that can cost you financially and create pain if it is not addressed. If you have more than one of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from TMD, and Dr. Terry Bass in Oklahoma City would like to help you find relief.

Headaches – One of the most common symptoms of TMD is headaches. TMD headaches may consist of short, sharp pain or long, dull, throbbing pain that seems difficult to diagnose. Though TMD does not cause migraines, sometimes the headaches can create migraine-like symptoms that regular migraine treatments do not cure. TMD headaches are a type of tension headache, and though they may be temporarily relieved by pain medication they will not go away without proper neuromuscular dentistry treatment.

Jaw and Neck Pain – Like headaches, jaw and neck pain often accompany TMD. Because they are tension-related, you may find some relief through massage therapy, but the symptoms will continue to recur until TMD treatment is performed.

Back Pain – Sometimes the pain of jaw displacement is so severe that it extends to the back, or you may experience displaced pain in your back, without knowing that the cause is in fact your jaw. If you have unexplained back pain in combination with any of these other symptoms, a neuromuscular dentist may be able to help you.

Clicking or Popping Jaws – Possibly the most common symptom of TMD, clicking or popping in the jaws occurs when your jaw moves while out of alignment. This may occur either when you open or close your mouth, when you yawn, when your chewing, or even when you clench your teeth.

Difficulty Chewing, Opening or Closing Mouth – Because your jaw joint controls your teeth, you may find that a misaligned jaw makes it difficult for you to chew or open and close your mouth. In many cases neuromuscular treatment uses a TENS unit which allows your jaw to relax and immediately alleviates this problem.

Sinus and Ear Problems – Your ears are so closely situated to your jaws that the two may affect one another. Most commonly a misaligned jaw will put pressure on your inner ear tubes and may even cause congestion that can back up to your sinus cavity.

Grinding or Ground Down Teeth – Because a misaligned jaw prevents your teeth from meeting as they should, many patients experience accelerated tooth wearing when they suffer from TMD. Reconstructive dentistry may treat the tooth wear, but only neuromuscular dentistry can solve the cause of the problem.

Please contact neuromuscular dentist Dr. Terry Bass in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma today to learn more about TMD symptoms and their treatment.

Terry Bass, DDS
2816 NW 58th Street, Suite 105
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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