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TMD (or temporomandibular joint disorder) is a medical affliction with many potential causes. It influences the muscles of mastication (those that move your jaw) and the temporomandibular joints (or TMJ, those that connect the jaw to the skull). Your TMJ is considered one of the most complicated joints in the human body, and it allows you to move your jaw forward, backward, and side to side. The joint is necessary for speaking, eating, swallowing and even yawning. The connections between your jaw and your sjull are very important to your skeletal system, and TMD can have a very negative impact on them. The condition may cause you to grind your teeth excessively. The result of this may be chronic pain and headaches, as well as the damage this will due to your teeth. TMD may also cause these joints to seize, making the operation of your jawbone difficult or impossible (this is known as "lockjaw").
TMDs have more than one cause. Sometimes the condition will go away on its own, but if you believe you have an oral joint disorder, it is still best to visit your dentist for x-ray and diagnosis. If your TMD persists, a bite guard to wear at night may be advised, as well as medications for pain and swelling.
Complications of your temporomandibular joints can become a serious problem. If you think your jaw joints are not functioning properly, please contact us at Splash Dental right away so that we can determine treatment options.
TMDs are caused by difficulties with a person's jaw joint. They may cause excessive teeth grinding, or complications with speaking and swallowing, but treatments are available!