Is TMD Making Your Life Difficult?
The health of our patients is important to us. We never want our patients to experience issues with their oral and overall health that negatively impact their quality of life. There is one condition that can lead to significant problems in many areas of your life if you don’t get treatment. Continue reading to learn more about this common condition, to see if you or a loved one may be suffering, and to learn more about the importance of receiving treatment.
Importance of Treating TMD
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can be difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms mimic those of other medical conditions. Often, people with symptoms of TMD visit a variety of medical practitioners and become frustrated because their symptoms don’t improve. Once a patient receives a diagnosis, it is extremely important that they get treatment and actually follow through with treatment recommendations. If TMD symptoms are left untreated, your quality of life can be negatively impacted. Your symptoms will continue to progress until you are living a life of discomfort. Many patients are unable to eat properly and can even have difficulty speaking. TMD patients can also experience dental issues due to teeth breaking and cracking.
It is important to note that patients who suffer from TMD will continue to experience symptoms until they get treatment. The temporomandibular joint will continue to wear down, like all the other joints in your body — such as your knees and hips — causing more problems and discomfort.
Symptoms of TMD
If you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms, and they are not improving, you may have TMD:
- Jaw that can feel stuck and difficult to open and close
- Clicking or popping sound when opening your mouth or eating
- Discomfort in the jaw area or aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above and feel you may be experiencing the effects of TMD, contact our office in Newmarket, ON to schedule an appointment. We can help you get the relief you may need.