Have you or someone you know been experiencing jaw pain? Do you find yourself avoiding crunchy foods and opening your mouth cautiously? If so, you may be dealing with a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, TMD for short. In order to establish whether or not you should consult a doctor about your pain, it is important to understand what TMD entails.
What is TMD?
TMD occurs when difficulties arise with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles. Due to the fact that you use these muscles all day, every day, for purposes such as chewing and talking, it becomes a problem very quickly. Without the proper function of these muscles, you will be in pain for a good chunk of the day, and it will be hard to perform daily activities.
Oftentimes, avoiding this condition is impossible because of the pain it causes. This is a disorder that is often overlooked, but it can be very serious if left untreated. If you think you are suffering from TMD, take note of these signs:
- Pain when chewing
- Pain when talking
- Clicking/popping in the jaw
- Pain/tenderness in the jaw region
Keeping an eye out for these issues is key to identifying this disorder. If you notice yourself experiencing these symptoms of TMD, contact your doctor as soon as possible so you can receive the proper medical treatment.
If you are concerned about your jaw pain, the next step would be to contact Dr. Kambiz Kashfian to discuss the options you have. With the help from a medical professional, you will be able to control the pain and in most cases, prevent it from happening in the future. At your appointment, you will discuss the symptoms you have been experiencing, and what your options are for the future.