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The Missing Link


Are you suffering through an array of symptoms and can't figure out what's causing them? If so, you're not alone, actually far from it. While it's possible for each of your symptoms to come from independent sources if you're experiencing a combination of certain ones it is usually a strong indication of a collective problem.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is the missing link in many of these chains of symptoms to diagnosis. TMD is the term used to collectively refer to the set of symptoms that stem from a deficiency at the temporomandibular joint. This joint is located in front of either ear and connects the jaw to the skull.

Why is the Temporomandibular Joint so Important?

Due to its location on the skull, the temporomandibular joint is central to many of the machinations of the face. In fact, the associated symptoms are sometimes referred to as myofascial pain dysfunction or craniomandibular dysfunction.

Symptoms of TMD

Some of the symptoms commonly associated with TMD include:

  • Head Pain - TMD has been shown to contribute to both headaches and chronic migraines.
  • Eyes - Eye pain, sensitivity, and bloodshot eyes can all be indicators of TMD.
  • Mouth - Based on the location of the temporomandibular joint, inflammation at this location may result in discomfort, lockjaw, or any number of related symptoms.
  • Teeth - Chronic toothaches are commonplace among sufferers of TMD as an incomplete growth of the jaw can leave an insufficient amount of space in the mouth for teeth to properly grow in. Additionally, TMD has been seen to cause clenching and teeth grinding.
  • Throat - Difficulty swallowing, a sore throat, and the feeling of a foreign object being caught in the throat have all been identified as symptoms of TMD.
  • Neck Problems - TMD can lead to a lack of mobility or stiffness in the neck in addition to shoulder and backaches.
  • Jaw Problems - Clicking or popping noises, grating sounds, and pain in the cheek muscles are strong indicators of TMD presence.
  • Ear Problems - Due to the location of the temporomandibular joint, vertigo, dizziness, and hearing hissing or buzzing noises are all common for sufferers of TMD.

How Can Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics Help Your TMD?

If you have questions about TMD or possible methods of treatment, call Dr. Buck at (425) 409-2086 or visit our contact page. Are you experiencing these symptoms or conditions? Dr. Buck has decades of experience treating TMD and due to the potentially serious implications it may have on your health, recommends beginning treatment as soon as possible. 

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