The Consequences of Untreated TMD

Senior Woman with Untreated TMD

Signs that you have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder are evident in multiple ways. Although the list of symptoms are greater, if your jaw often locks, clicks, or hurts; there’s a chance you may suffer from TMD. Furthermore, if these symptoms are a distraction from your daily duties and easily irritate, you need to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Left untreated, TMD may get worse and create more issues for your health down the road. Don’t allow TMD to go untreated  or you might experience harsher pains and joint damage over time.

TMD Symptoms

First, you should know the symptoms of TMD. A simple jaw click can reveal something wrong with your temporomandibular joints. In order to work properly, the TMJ connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone and act as a pair of hinges, allowing you to raise and lower your bottom jaw.

Additionally, the TM joint integrates an articular disc, which acts as a cushion between the two bone surfaces. He cushion prevents the bones from rubbing together.

With TMJ syndrome, you may experience the following:

  • Clicking or popping
  • Jaw Pain and/or ear pain
  • Tightness in the face
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty opening your mouth or difficulty chewing
  • Lockjaw
  • Dizziness

Untreated TMD

Living with TMD is an unpleasant experience as it not only affects your jaw, ears, or neck, but also your sleep, mood, and eating habits. Left untreated, TMD will start to affect the way you sit and walk, and your breathing habits. If you do not seek treatment for your TMD, your symptoms may worsen over time. Here’s what you may experience if you ignore your symptoms.

  • Inflammation and joint damage
  • Pain that travels from the jaw or ear to the head, neck, and face
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Wearing down of the teeth
  • Sleep disorders

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, call C&C Dentistry today. You may be a candidate for Neuromuscular Dentistry.

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