Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull and are used every time you speak, chew, swallow and yawn.
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) causes chronic facial and neck pain and headaches.
Symptoms of TMD
- 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
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
If you suffer any of these symptoms, contact us immediately. We can diagnose the presence of TMD and create an effective treatment just for you.
These exercises and tips can prevent TMD from occurring or becoming more severe:
- Relax your face and remember the rule: Lips together, teeth apart
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Avoid constant gum chewing
- Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
- Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
- Practice good posture