Importance Of Treating TMD
At NYC Smile Spa, we want our patients to live their best lives free of discomfort. Unfortunately, patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD, often live with various degrees of discomfort and pain daily. It can be debilitating and will worsen over time if left untreated. If you are unfamiliar, TMD occurs when there is a neuromuscular imbalance in your jaw and facial muscles that leads to discomfort in various areas of the head and neck.
Those who suffer from TMD often remain undiagnosed because many of the symptoms of this condition mimic other medical problems. It is not uncommon for suffering patients to visit various medical practices and either be misdiagnosed or their treatment plan is unsuccessful. TMD symptoms can include:
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw pain and facial discomfort
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Jaw that feels stuck
- Ear discomfort or ringing of the ears
Why Receive Treatment?
Once a patient receives a diagnosis, it is extremely important to receive treatment and actually follow through with treatment recommendations. If TMD symptoms are left untreated, your quality of life can be negatively impacted. Your symptoms will continue to progress until you are living a life of discomfort.
Patients who have been suffering for years comment that they are extremely limited in their food choices. It is also difficult to sleep comfortably, and some people have trouble speaking. Many TMD patients can also experience dental issues due to teeth breaking and cracking. This condition will continue to worsen until you get treatment. The temporomandibular joint is just like any other joint in your body and will continue to wear down when a problem is experienced.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above and feel you may be experiencing the effects of TMD, contact our office, which is located on the Upper East Side, to schedule an appointment. We can help you get the relief you may need.
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