is an abbreviation for the anatomic structure that we call the temporomandibular
joint (jaw joint). This joint is similar in many ways to the other
joints in our body, and is therefore susceptable to many of the
same problems that affect other joints. When we talk about a disorder
of this joint or its surrounding structures we prefer to use the
term TMD which stands for Temporomandibular Disorders.
The conditions that most often cause or aggravate a temporomandibular
disorder can be broken down into several categories.
Macro-trauma (direct trauma to the joint or surrounding structures)
One of the most common injuries of this type is the flexion-extension
or "whiplash" injury.
Occlusion (dental bite)
Micro-trauma (harmful or abnormal habits) This is most often caused
by tooth grinding or clenching
Diseases of the joint
There are also a number of less common factors which may include
referred pain, medication side effects, and systemic disorders such
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF TMD?
Clicking or grinding noises when opening or closing the mouth
Tightness or restrictions when opening the mouth
Pain when opening or chewing
A jaw that "gets stuck" or "locks"
Earaches, fullness or clogged ears
Spasms or tightening of the jaw or neck muscles
patients may experience one or many of the above symptoms. If you
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