3 Unusual Symptoms of TMD

TMJTemporomandibular Joint Disorder is a disorder that causes the temporomandibular joint, located right next to your jaw, to become inflamed and irritated. By causing patients to experience things such as inflammation, the inability to chew without pain, stiffness in the jaw, and a clicking in the jaw, TMD is a condition that can be not only painful but annoying as well. And although the symptoms listed above are symptoms that are common amongst all TMD patients, there are also a few other unusual symptoms of TMD that you might not be familiar with.

Earaches
If you were a child who suffered from ear infections, you know just how painful they can be. However, because adults are less likely to get ear infections, if you start to notice that you are experiencing chronic earaches, it might be an indication that you have TMD. Because the ear canal is located so closely to the Temporomandibular joint, it can sometimes be hard to differentiate between the two. So before you go into your primary care physician to be treated for an adult ear infection, make sure you and your doctor rule out TMD beforehand.

Headaches
Another thing that a lot of patients with TMD experience is chronic headaches. And although headaches can be indicative of other underlying issues or health concerns, they can also be linked to TMD. By causing you to clench the muscles in your face, TMD can also sometimes put an added amount of stress on your head and cause you to experience headaches.

Tingling in Your Hands and Feet
Similar to how headaches can be linked to TMD through somewhat of a domino effect, the same goes for patients who experience tingling in their hands or feet. As your body compensates for the pain it is experiencing in the jaw, it may cause tension to run down from your jaw to your neck and into your arms and shoulders. This added amount of pressure on your arms and shoulders can in turn exhibit itself in the form of tingling in your hands and feet.

As you can see, there are many unique symptoms linked to TMD. If you think that you or a loved one may have TMD, don’t wait a minute longer— contact Today’s Dental today!

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