Each month has a different awareness, and sometimes they can include multiple subjects. For November it is TMJ awareness! And, while November has come to an end, we need to ensure awareness continues every month. Let’s take a look at temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and how to maintain your health.

What is TMD?

Often very difficult to diagnose, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) can mirror a variety of conditions. This is a reason why pain can go undiagnosed for longer than is necessary. Healthcare professionals are often hesitant to diagnose TMD because they are unsure of the causes and exact symptoms, as well as the surrounding muscles that can be impacted.

Some of the symptoms associated with TMD can be characteristic of a number of other conditions, making diagnosis very difficult. Symptoms that can mimic the characteristics of TMD might include the following:

  • Toothaches
  • Sinus infection
  • Ear infection
  • Facial neuralgias
  • Myofascial pain
  • Headaches

If pain in the jaw area is being experienced, tests will often be recommended to rule out or confirm the presence of any conditions, including TMD.

So let’s continue to spread awareness for TMD and pain associated with TMJ beyond November. Pay attention to your symptoms, and visit Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on TMD, and what to look out for. Together we can provide proper care for your symptoms.