The joint that connects your jaw to your head is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can cause issues with your mouth and teeth. This is called TMD, or a temporomandibular disorder. Dr. Ana Cluff and her team are dedicated to relieving any issues related to TMD.
Symptoms and Causes of TMJ Disorder
TMD is a painful disorder that can cause problems throughout your head and mouth. Some signs of TMJ disorder are:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw clicking
- Ear pain
- Ear popping sounds
- Sore jaw muscles
- Locking of jaw
- Pain in your temple
The causes of TMD are not always known, and there can be multiple causes. It is also unclear if the symptoms are caused by the disorder, or if the symptoms lead to someone having TMD. Some of the more common reasons for the disorder are: teeth misalignment, trauma to the teeth or jaw, stress, arthritis, excessive gum chewing, and teeth grinding.
Home Care for TMD
If you believe you have TMD there are a few things you can do at home for relief:
- Ice Packs | Applying cold compresses to the area that is sore can help relieve discomfort and reduce swelling.
- Soft Foods | Avoiding gum and any other foods that can cause your jaw to work harder than it needs to can help relieve symptoms.
- Massages | Gently stretching the neck and mouth can help relieve the stress of the jaw muscle.
- Relaxation | Trying to reduce any mental and physical stress or tension overall can be beneficial to avoid jaw discomfort.
If you do think you have TMD, don’t settle for the home remedies. Come schedule an appointment to see how Dr. Ana Cluff and her team can help you get real relief from TMD pain!
Get Professional Relief from TMJ Pain with Help from Dr. Ana Cluff
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