What is TMD?

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: March 28, 2016

TMD may the cause of this South Jordan woman's headacheEssentially, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a disc that links the lower jaw to the skull, just in front of the ear. This joint allows people to open and close their mouths, serving vital functions such as talking and eating. However, this joint can also be the source of great pain and discomfort for some.

Problems with the temporomandibular joint and surrounding facial muscles are referred to as TMD, meaning “temporomandibular joint disorder”. For patients suffering from TMD in South Jordan, Warr Dental can help address your issues and help treat this painful and frustrating condition.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. as many as 10 million people in the U.S. are affected by TMD. Common TMD symptoms include:

  • Misalignment of the lower and upper teeth
  • Clicking, popping and/or locking when opening and closing the mouth
  • Stiffness or tightness of the muscled surrounding the jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing the jaw
  • Pain that radiates in the jaw, neck and/or face

TMD affects people differently, so it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kieth Warr to closely examine your unique situation. Once the cause of your symptoms has been identified, Dr. Warr can offer the appropriate options for treatment. TMD treatments begin with the modification of your bite through the use of a comfortable appliance, or orthotic. In many cases, this alone will quickly relieve your TMD pain.

If you suffer from headaches, tinnitus, chronic jaw pain or other TMD symptoms, our South Jordan area dentistry may be able to help. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment by completing the form on this page or calling (801) 216-3713. Our Salt Lake City office welcomes patients from West Jordan and Midvale, Utah.