Facial Pain? Could It Be TMD?
Many of our patients come to us complaining of headaches and jaw/facial pain. One of the most common culprits, we have found, is TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder. This disorder is a chronic pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw in different directions, allowing you to talk, chew, and yawn.
TMD has a number of causes, including, but not limited to:
- Injury from whiplash or a heavy blow.
- Stress-induced grinding or clenching of the teeth and jaw.
- Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball & socket of the joint.
- Arthritis in ...