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What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMDTMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, like chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain you may have temporamandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.

Some symptoms of TMD:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
  • Headaches or ear pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
  • Teeth Grinding

TMD: The Great Imposter

Chronic recurrent headaches as well as facial and neck pain are a common occurrence in millions of Americans. In addition, people frequently suffer from ear symptoms including pain, ringing, buzzing, loss of hearing or clicking or locking of the jaw which can make chewing, speaking or moving the jaw painful or difficult.

Until recently these symptoms appearing unrelated, were frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as migraine, tension headache, neuritis, neuralgia, or stress.

Today, it is well recognized by certain practioners within the Health Care Community that these often unexplained, undiagnosed and therefore untreated symptoms are related to a group of problems called Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Today practioners with proper training and diagnostic skills can pinpoint the cause of these symptoms and provide often seemingly miraculous, relief of symptoms which may have been present for years.

Dr. Galante is that certain practioner who can diagnosis these symptoms and come up with a plan to either make them go away or at least greatly relieve them. His training includes 75 hours of Lecture and Hands on via a Mini-Residency at Tufts University in Boston, which focused on Sleep Apnea and TMD pain.

He is a member of the Spencer Study Club (SSC), set up and organized by one of his instructors from Tufts University. SSC presents webinars, online modules, and chat sites just about sleep, snoring, and TMD. Over the past 10 years. Dr. G. has watched dozens of online courses from Spear Education which is the premier dental education venue in the world. Spear Education has over 20 one-hour courses on snoring, sleep apnea, TMD, and airway problems in adults and children. Dr. Galante has passed all the exams following these courses and has received certified continuing education credit for them.

We can stop the headaches, jaw pain, and muscle soreness that you are experiencing. The only thing that you can lose is your pain.

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