Everyday stress causes some individuals to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. This can lead to TMD, and at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we remind you how serious that can be.
TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint. It’s a painful condition.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for strength and flexibility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these important 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 problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
We diagnose and treat TMD, working with other specialists when needed. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call us for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
At OKC Smiles, we also provide general dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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