Wait, That’s a Symptom of TMD?

added on: September 5, 2019
man clenching teeth

Before we get into some of the jaw-dropping facts about TMD, we need to talk about what it is and why you’re experiencing jaw pain, and even other symptoms elsewhere in your body. At our holistic dental office in Sheboygan, we’ve helped patients of all ages finally find relief from their TMD symptoms with minimally-invasive treatments. We go beyond just putting a band-aid on things; we want to see why you’re having issues in the first place. For example, we can fix your broken crown, but we want to figure out why your crown broke in the first place, especially if it’s an issue with your jaw being out of alignment.

TMD and TMJ: What’s the Difference?

Frequently, the terms TMD and TMJ are used interchangeably, but they’re actually different in what they stand for. It’s easy, and it breaks down like this:

TMJ = Temporomandibular Joints – Rub your jaw area at the base of your ears and say hello to your TMJ. This is where your jaw and your skull connect. Believe it or not, when these joints aren’t working as they should be, they can throw so much out of alignment in your mouth, head, and body.

TMD = Temporomandibular Disorder or Dysfunction – This is the dental term we use to describe all of your symptoms caused by the muscles you use for chewing, your bite, and jaw joints that aren’t able to work together correctly.

Getting to Know the Signs and Symptoms

The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 10 million Americans are affected by TMD, and the condition appears more frequently in women than men. Some of the most common symptoms of TMD include:

– Consistent TMJ and facial pain

– Clicking or popping noises when you eat or chew

– Jaw pain when you open and close your mouth

Jaw locking or limited ability to open your mouth

– Having a bite that just doesn’t feel right

We talk with TMD patients in our Sheboygan holistic dental office that are fed up with dealing with their discomfort for so long. We meet patients who have been treated by their doctor with prescription pain pills, muscle relaxants, or antidepressants to simply mask the pain. 

This is where things get interesting. So many people are in disbelief when they find out what issues they’ve been having elsewhere in their body could be related to their bite. Check out these issues that could be seemingly unrelated and misdiagnosed:

  • Headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches or ringing of the ears
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Worn, broken loose and chipped teeth
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Numbness, or tingling of the fingers

Do any of these sound familiar to you and your body? Think about the times you’ve talked to your doctor or specialist about your pain. That’s what makes TMD so tricky and stealthy. Because the symptoms masquerade as so many other conditions, many people travel from doctor to doctor in search of relief. Many of the people we’ve met over the years tell us they never thought to seek a dentist trained in TMD for help.

It’s Time to Talk About Your TMJ with Dr. John

Whether you’re new to TMJ pain or you’ve been struggling with TMD for years, it’s time you had a conversation with Dr. John Korolewski at our holistic Sheboygan dental office. We’ve been successfully treating TMJ related problems for over 20 years – many who had been “falling through the cracks” in the medical system until they got to us.

We will address the cause of your TMJ issue, rather than just manage your symptoms. Our approach is minimally invasive and based on restoring your chewing system to how it was designed to function.

It’s time to stop hopping from doctors, specialists, general dentists, neurologists. Put down the ice, pain medications, and muscle relaxants you’ve been prescribed. You don’t need to research Botox injections either. It’s time you scheduled your 60-minute consult with Dr. John. He’s done extensive training in TMJ diagnosis and treatment, including completing six weeks of Curriculum at The Pankey Institute from 2002-2006 and a thirty-day Residency at The Texas Center for Occlusal Studies during 2014-2016. Dr. John is currently an Adjunct Faculty member of The Texas Center for Occlusal Studies, supporting dentists who are learning how to resolve their patients TMJ related problem. Dr. John treats TMJ patients referred from local physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, general dentists, and dental specialists.

You deserve to live a life that’s full of comfort, free from headaches, with a healthy, stable bite. Talk to us about how biologic, holistic dental treatment from our Sheboygan dental office can restore you life, not just your smile. Take this free and easy TMJ assessment and then call us to schedule your conversation with Dr. John. We’re here to help!