Symptoms of TM Disorder

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Millions of Americans suffer from TMJ Disorder.  They include people of all ages from pre-teens, teens, young adults, the middle-aged to seniors.  TM Disorder is a term that relates to the jaw muscles and joints associated with chewing.

The temporomandibular joints, or TM joints, connect the jawbone to the skull and are located directly in front of the ear.  The TMJ disorderTM joint is a complex system that which when it breaks down, creates issues related to clicking and/or popping sensations when the mouth is opening and closing.

It is the most complex and most frequently used joint in the body, cycling over 2,000 per day.  Regarding jaw muscles, serious and persistent pain extending into the face, neck and shoulders may occur.

When your TM joints are not working properly, you may experience any of these symptoms:

• pronounced noises associated with jaw movement (clicking, popping or crunching)
• pain when the jaw is opened fully
• limited range of motion
• clenching or grinding teeth
• facial pain and a sense of facial muscle fatigue
• ear pain not related to ear infections
• occasional “locking” when the jaw seems to be unable to either open or to close temporarily
• ringing in the ears
• frequent headaches – Research has revealed the number one symptom of a TM Disorder as headache.

If you suffer pain or discomfort you believe may be related to you TM joints, please ask Dr. Light for help.  The successful treatment of many TMJ Disorder sufferers begins with gentle, experienced care.

Dr. Light is credentialed by the American Academy of Pain Management, a medical credentialing academy, and is board certified by the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, a dental certifying board of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain of which he is also a Fellow.  Finally, he is a Fellow of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics, an academy of the study of the biophysics of head, neck and facial pain.

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