Many Americans suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder each year in the United States, yet a tiny percentage of these people seek or receive proper a diagnosis for this uncomfortable condition. When you visit W. Paul Burns, DDS in El Dorado, Arkansas, you can expect a personalized diagnosis so that a treatment plan can be developed to address the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder, and you can experience relief. Many people suffering from TMJ disorder do so in silence because they are often not aware that they suffer from this condition. Knowing what symptoms to look for will help you see when you should see your dentist for treatment.
Your temporomandibular joint is the hinge that creates your jawbone to the temporal bones of your skull. It is what allows the up and down movement of your jaw and side to side. It is what makes talking, chewing, and yawning possible. When you develop issues with your jaw or the muscles that control it, it is known as a temporomandibular disorder or TMD.
Temporomandibular disorder often results in discomfort and pain, which may be temporary or chronic. It could affect one or both sides of your face, is more common in women, and affects more people between 20 to 40 years than others. As was stated, many who suffer from TMD do so without having it diagnosed, often because many people have not heard of this affliction or do not know the symptoms. Here are some symptoms of TMD: