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.
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.
If you believe you have TMD there are a few things you can do at home for relief:
- Ice Packs | Applying cold compresses to 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 | Gentle stretching the neck and mouth can help relieve the stress of the jaw muscle.
- Relaxation | Trying to reduce stress or tension overall can be beneficial to avoid jaw discomfort.
Call the office today to make your appointment!