Everyday issues cause some individuals to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. This can bring on TMD, a condition we treat at White & White in Midlothian VA.
TMD is frequently confused with ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint. The terms, however, are not synonymous.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints enable strength and flexibility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to them can lead to extreme 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.
At White & White we have been diagnosing and treating TMD for years, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call us today for a diagnosis and treatment plan. We offer general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.
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