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   What is TMJ / TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is also referred to as Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD) or temporomandibular joint syndrome (TJS). This is a chronic illness that effects 75 million people at one time. There are many people who have no pain but still have occlusal disease (misaligned bite). Worn, chipped or broken teeth, broken fillings, changing position or shape of the smile are all symptoms indicating a jaw disorder. The dentists at Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Maryland specialize in treating TMJ so patients can be free of headaches and body pain.

Why does TMJ / TMD cause headaches?
A misaligned jaw joint causes the muscles in your face to constantly contract, creating tension or pressure from the growing muscle fibers. When you have this tension in the jaw, neck and shoulders, the body sends more blood to the area which results in higher blood pressure. Tension headaches and migraines are a common symptom of TMD, as well as grinding your teeth. Migraine headache sufferers are sometimes misdiagnosed because they don’t realize the issue can be resolved from TMD treatment.

Symptoms of TMJ / TMD include:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Unexplained Loose teeth
  • Worn, chipping or cracked teeth
  • Cracking, chipping, breaking dental restorations
  • Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
  • Pain in teeth that seems to move around  
  • Neck, Shoulder or back pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Limited movement or locking jaw
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
  • Numbness in your fingers and arms
  • Congestion or stuffiness of the ears

How A TMJ Dentist Can Help You
As a chronic degenerative disorder, TMJ / TMD may take years to develop. Our dentists have new techniques that can help those who have been unable to find pain relief.

The following video explains how TMJ / TMD is formed, why it causes pain in the jaw, face, shoulders, neck and back, plus the benefits of dental treatment.


If you have been experiencing TMD symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to learn about Diagnosis and Treatment options. Please contact our Maryland office at 410-531-5639.