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"Kathy is the most knowledgable dental hygienest that I have ever met. She always expertly explains the reasons behind her assessments and suggestions. She really knows her stuff." – Tonya

Signs and Symptoms

TMD is often a chronic and frequently degenerative disease.  Anyone suffering from the following symptoms should seek advice from a qualified dental professional:

  • Headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Dizziness (vertigo)
  • Clicking, popping or grinding sounds in jaw joints
  • Locking jaw
  • Earaches, stuffiness or ringing ears
  • Difficulty swallowing, eating, chewing
  • Worn or loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth (sharp or dull)
  • Non-restful sleep (snoring, sleep apnea)

Stress is also a cause of TMD.  It is a known fact that stress brings on many physical problems such as headaches, teeth clenching or grinding and tense neck and shoulder muscles.  It is estimated that over 50% of the population are night grinders. Unconscious grinding is a response to stressful emotions such as anger, frustration or worry creating even more strain on the jaw joints.

You might already know this to be true since your last: quarterly review, mother-in-law visit or mid-term exam. Additional maladies also have a hand in TMD. Depression and anxiety are directly correlated to the dysfunction of your jaw. Keep in mind this is not a comprehensive list.