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Symptoms and Causes of TMD

We’ve covered what TMD is, but what are the symptoms and causes? It can often be easy to notice the signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) because it is usually accompanied with discomfort or pain. Remember to be observant and look for these symptoms because Dr. Sara can help create a proper treatment plan that helps eliminate your pain and discomfort.

TMD Symptoms

You might notice a clicking or popping sound in your jaw when you are eating. This sound or feeling might become annoying, but in more serious cases, the jaw may even get stuck in the open or closed position. Avoiding this pain can often be difficult because of the pain it causes.

TMD is often overlooked, but it can be very serious if left untreated. If you think you might be suffering from TMD, remember these signs:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Pain when talking
  • Clicking/popping in the jaw
  • Pain/tenderness in the jaw region
  • Lock-jaw

Taking note of these signs will help you further understand your symptoms, while helping Dr. Sara better care for your condition.

What are the Causes of TMD?

Causes of TMD will vary from person to person, and it is especially true when taking into account the severity of the situation. A major contribution to TMD can be an injury involving your jaw, jaw joint, or the muscles in your neck, such as whiplash or a heavy blow to the face. In other instances, grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw can play a major role in the development of TMD.

Each of these instances can lead to a diagnosis of TMD in North Scottsdale, which means you need to visit Dr. Sara today for further diagnosis. Contact AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions today to learn more about TMD and to find out if you suffer from this condition.