TMD or Temporomandibular Disorder is a common disorder of the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and the nerves associated with the jaw area. Millions of Americans suffer from this disorder daily.
The temporomandibular joints connect your lower jawbone to the skull so pain or discomfort due to their movement can seriously affect your quality of life. Because these joints are frequently used throughout the day while we speak, chew, yawn, swallow or do a lot of these actions which require opening, closing, and moving our mouth.
Are you suffering from TMD? Here are the common symptoms:
- Chronic pain in the jaw area
- Recurring headache and neck aches
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- A clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw
- Misalignment in top and bottom teeth
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- Locked jaw/limited mouth opening
If you feel like you are suffering from any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Naidu for a FREE consultation appointment today. He will determine whether you have TMD or is it something else.
Not all jaw pain is a sign of TMD
It is always better to consult a certified orthodontist before self-diagnosing. Because not all jaw pain is a sign of TMD and if that’s the case, then we need to take proper correctional steps to maintain your healthy and strong smile.
Here’s what you can do to relax common jaw pain:
- Leave your jaw in a relaxed position when not in movement – lips together, teeth apart
- Don’t grind your teeth or close your mouth too hard together
- Avoid chewing gum
- Avoid cradling your phone between your head and shoulder – use a headset or properly hold the receiver to your ear
- Chew from both sides of your mouth
- Don’t rest your chin on your hand while sitting
- Keep your posture straight
If you still feel like the pain isn’t getting better, please contact our office at your earliest.