If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from debilitating facial and neck pain and severe earaches and headaches, you may have Temporomandibular Disorder, which is also called TMD.
The pain is caused when the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, which connect your lower jawbone to your skull, become damaged due to stress, arthritis, or injury.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
- Pain in the jaw area
- Feeling pain or ringing in the ears
- Suffering from frequent headaches or neck aches
- Hearing a clicking, grating, or popping sound when moving your jaw
- Experiencing muscle spasms near your jaw
- A shifting in the alignment of your top and bottom teeth
- A locked jaw or restricted movement of the mouth
If you have any of these symptoms, let your orthodontist know immediately so that a customized treatment plan can be develop to help your pain.
Is it TMD or something else?
Not all jaw pain is caused by TMD. Contact your dentist so that you can determine the cause. If your pain isn’t caused by TMD, try these approaches to relieve your discomfort:
- Relax your face by placing your lips together and your teeth apart
- Don’t grind your teeth or chew gum
- Don’t hold your phone between your head and shoulder
- Don’t chew your food on one side of your mouth. Chew with both sides evenly.
- Don’t rest your chin on your hand when you’re sitting
- Make sure you have good posture
Please call King Orthodontics if you’re experiencing TMD pain today. We can help you on your road to recovery.