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Have you ever felt painful clicking or popping in your jaw when you talk or chew? Many people suffer from a jaw, muscle and joint disorder known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and may not even know it.

While it is not always possible to pinpoint the exact cause of TMD, in many cases it is due to arthritis, injury, tooth grinding, or stress. Common symptoms include:

• Pain in or around the ear
• Tender jaw muscles
• Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
• Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
• Jaw joints that feel as if they are “locked” or “stuck”
• Pain when you yawn, chew, or open your mouth wide
• Headaches

As your dentist, I want you to know that there are ways to treat this condition based on your specific diagnosis. Treatment could include modifying the pain through relaxation techniques or wearing a special night guard to prevent the teeth from touching while you sleep.

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms of TMD, please contact me at (740) 474-4396 or hpguterddsinc@frontier.com or tell me during your next dental visit. You shouldn’t have to live with chronic pain and, as always, our team is focused on caring for your needs.