If you experience pain when speaking, chewing, or making facial expressions, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
TMD causes pain because your jawbone and skull are out of alignment, also called malocclusion. TMD is a chronic, degenerative disease, and it’s important to seek treatment before symptoms worsen. Daytime sleepiness, facial and jaw pain and clenching or grinding your teeth are common symptoms of TMD, but other symptoms include:
- Lockjaw or limited jaw mobility
- Clicking and popping of the joint
- Forward head posture
- Head and neck muscle pain or spasm
- Ringing in the ears
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is experienced in the treatment of TMD and has helped her patients throughout central New Jersey alleviate facial and jaw pain once and for all.