By: Dr. James White/ Your Dentist
Recently I did a consultation with a patient who was referred to my office from an orthodontist. The young lady was 29 years old with chief complaints of neck pain and pain located in front of her ears.
Upon my examination, I found many muscles that were sore with palpation. Frequent headaches were a major complaint, many of which occurred in the morning and then late afternoon. She attributed the headaches to stress.
I discovered that many muscles of her jaw, head and neck were in spasm. Judging by the wear of her teeth, clenching or grinding was probably causing the pain and not stress.
Tempromandibular joint disorder (also known as TMD and more familiarly as TMJ) affect as many as 10 million people. TMJ issues are a result of a chronically degenerative disease that may take years to develop.
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