If you’re always dealing with excruciating neck pain, chronic facial pain, or frequent headaches, you may be suffering from a condition known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). Lots of residents in Newark, DE, are affected by this condition and living with the painful symptoms, day in and day out.
TMD occurs because the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect your lower jawbone to your jaw, become fatigued and overworked. These joints help you speak, chew, swallow, and are even used when you yawn. As TMD develops, pain can occur in the joints, and restrict the jaw’s movement.
Signs You May Have TMD:
TMD presents itself in a combination of the following ways:
• Reoccurring jaw pain
• Ringing or a feeling of stuffiness in your ears
• Persistent headaches
• Repeated neck aches
• Popping or clicking sounds with jaw movement
• Swelling on the sides of the face
• Muscle spasms located in the jaw
• Alignment problems with your upper and lower teeth
• Restricted movement of the mouth
Many people believe that they have to grin and bear it when it comes to living with TMD. However, there are effective treatments available to help you manage your TMD. If you experience any of the above symptoms, don’t wait to call for help. Pick up the phone and schedule a consultation with either Dr. Wu or Dr. Bayley right away.
Can TMD Be Prevented?
If diagnosed with TMD, there are ways you can stop its progression. Changing certain habits can go a long way in helping you combat your headaches, reduce your jaw pain, and relieve other chronic pain symptoms. Here are a few suggestions:
• Hold your face in a relaxed position. Keep your lips closed and your teeth apart.
• Take measures to avoid grinding your teeth. Consider wearing a mouthguard at night while you sleep.
• Limit your gum chewing. Constant gum chewing can worsen your TMD.
• Use a headset when talking on the phone. Avoid cradling the handset between your shoulder and ear.
• Use both sides of your mouth to chew your food.
• Change your posture.
For a proper diagnosis of TMD, call the offices of Progressive Dental Arts for a thorough examination.