Do you experience chronic facial or neck pain? Do you often have unexplainable earaches, headaches, or pain in your jaw? If you do, it is possible that the source of your pains is temporomandibular disorder, known as TMD.
Common Symptoms of TMD
You may have many symptoms of TMD but never realized they were related. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should schedule an appointment to be evaluated for 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
- 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 are diagnosed with TMD, we can create a customized treatment plan to give you relief from your symptoms.
Ways to Reduce TMD Pain
While quality treatment relies on seeing a doctor, there are things you can do on your own to reduce the pain from TMD. These include:
- 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
Are you concerned that you could have TMD? Contact us to schedule your evaluation.