Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are recognized as the most common non tooth-related chronic orofacial pain conditions. The responsibility of the Prosthodontist in the management of head and neck pain symptoms is the confirmation or exclusion of TMD and other orofacial pain disorders.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a term used to describe a number of clinical conditions that involve the masticatory musculature and/or temporomandibular (TM) joints and associated structures. The various clinical conditions are characterized by pain in the pre-auricular area, TM joint, or muscles of mastication; limitation or deviation in mouth opening; and TM joint sounds (clicking, popping, crepitus) during mouth opening. Common patient complaints include headache, neck ache, face ache, and earache. Other unexplained associated complaints include tinnitus, ear fullness, and perceived hearing loss.
Dr Potres is trained in the management of the Temporomandibular Disorders TMD, she will assess your condition, educate you on the causative factors and work with you to treat the problem.