TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is caused when there are problems with the muscles and nerves in the facial region affecting one or both joints causing pain or limited function. TMD affects 7 in 10 people at some point during their lives. 1 in 4 is aware of the symptoms and reports them to a dentist or medical practitioner and only 5 in 100 people seek treatment for TMD.
Whilst the main cause of TMD is unknown, there are various factors that can aggravate and influence TMD, such as:
Some of the most common symptoms of TMD may include:
The aim when treating TMD is to lessen or relive pain, restore jaw function and enable you to carry out your normal daily activates. To help achieve this our dentists work alongside several health disciplines, the dentist may: