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What exactly is TMD? TMD or Temporomandibular Disorders are a group of maladies which can affect the temporomandibular joints (the jaw joints), as well as the associated muscles of the jaw, face and neck; as well as related neurological and vascular structures.

Problems within this complex can produce a myriad of symptoms, which, at first glance, might appear to be totally unrelated to the jaw complex. These symptoms can include headaches (over the eye, in the temples, behind the eyes, and at the base of the skull); generalized facial pain, as well as more specific pain directly in front of the ears; ear symptoms, including ringing, buzzing, congestion, as well as pain. In addition, neck and shoulder pain, as well as clicking or grating noises of the jaw joint with movement, locking of the jaw, or pain in the jaw with function are frequently encountered. Sufferers may not possess all of these symptoms, however, it is most certainly possible that they may.

Some estimates would suggest that as high as 20-30% of the population possess one or more of the symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder. Although these individuals may not have conditions severe enough to warrant treatment, many sufferers have developed such debilitating pain so as to degrade the quality of their life, making family, social and business interrelationships difficult, if not impossible.

These symptoms, appearing unrelated, were frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as migraine, tension headache, neuritis, neuralgia, or stress. Practitioners with proper training and diagnostic skills are able to pinpoint the cause of these symptoms and provide (often times) seemingly miraculous relief of symptoms which may have been present for years.

If you are a sufferer or know someone who is, contact us at 519-971-9211 for a consultation.
 


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