Is TMD Negatively Affecting Your Quality of Life?
Do you often experience discomfort in your face and jaw? If so, you may be suffering from a common condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly referred to as TMD. The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull, and when problems develop, they can leave patients with chronic pain and other issues that can affect daily life.
Symptoms of TMD
Many patients who are suffering from TMD are often misdiagnosed because many of the symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses and conditions. Patients often visit a different medical practitioner looking for a diagnosis and are confused when they are not experiencing relief from their symptoms. For example, many patients may think they are experiencing allergies and become frustrated when treatment isn’t working. TMD symptoms can include:
- Headaches, neck, or shoulder pain
- Trouble chewing
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Jaw discomfort or pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Locked jaw
- Teeth grinding
- Discomfort or ringing of the ears
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
Importance of Receiving Treatment
Unfortunately, TMD can severely impact your life in a negative way. Not only can it lead to debilitating discomfort, but it can also prevent you from eating and enjoying many of your favorite foods and lead to serious damage to your teeth. TMD is a condition that will progress and continue to affect your quality of life. Thankfully, we are able to help patients who suffer from this common condition. Following an examination, we can help determine the treatment plan that is best for your needs.
If you or a loved one is suffering from one or more of the symptoms above and located in Knoxville, TN or the surrounding area, be sure to contact our office to learn more about how we can help improve your quality of life. We look forward to hearing from you soon!