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TMJ-TMD


TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER

Chronic facial pain, chronic neck pain, and recurring headaches are common amongst Americans. These three types of pain can be a symptom of Temporomandibular Disorder, also referred to as TMD.

Speaking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning are all functions that are made possible by these joints. If you experience pain in or around these joints, the feeling will be very uncomfortable and your movement could become affected.

SYMPTOMS OF TMD INCLUDE:

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

Do you have any of these symptoms? If you answered yes, you may have TMD, please let your doctor know of your symptoms.

NOT ALL JAW PAIN IS ASSOCIATED WITH TMD.

If you are experiencing possible TMD symptoms, it is important to mention it during your initial consultation. Nonetheless, it is also important to consider the possibility that your pain is caused by something other than TMD. Some tips to ease your TMD pain:

  • Relax your face — “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid all gum chewing
  • Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
  • Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared

People can experience TMD without ever wearing braces, symptoms usually come and go. If you have any of the symptoms above and want to pursue TMD treatment, call our office for a complimentary  consultation.