Everyday stress can cause some people to clench their jaw or grinding their teeth. The team at the Center for Dental Aesthetics in Alexandria warns you that grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or aggravate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
TMD is sometimes called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for the temporomandibular joint. TMD is the correct term.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints enable fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these joints can lead to severe pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
TMD is an often-misdiagnosed condition, because facial pain can result from a variety of issues. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 2015, working with other specialists when necessary. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, give us a call for a diagnosis and treatment plan. We also provide cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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