Have you been waking frequently with unexplained headaches in the morning? Or perhaps you have been experiencing tenderness in your jaw and are unsure of the cause. If you are dealing with stressful life situations or have a tendency to clench your teeth, you may be suffering from a very popular dental condition. Continue reading to learn more about this condition and what can be done to offer relief to your symptoms.
What is TMD?
If you are experiencing frequent headaches and jaw discomfort, you might be suffering from TMD. TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, arises from problems with the jaw joints and face muscles. When the joint that attaches to your skull and jawbone is not functioning properly, it can cause great discomfort while opening and closing the mouth.
What are Symptoms of TMD?
The symptoms for TMD can vary greatly from patient to patient. The most common symptoms that patients experience can be:
- Upper shoulder discomfort
- Discomfort in the ears and neck
- Tenderness and discomfort near the jaw
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Popping sound while speaking and eating
- Difficulty chewing
What Can I Do to Relieve My Symptoms?
The first step to relieve symptoms is to schedule an appointment in our office. We will complete a thorough examination and discuss the proper treatment for your specific needs. In the meantime, there are adjustments that can be made at home to relieve the discomfort that you are experiencing. We suggest to:
- Eat a diet of softer foods and stay away from tough or chewy foods
- Be mindful of your posture and be sure not to slouch
- Utilize hot and cold compresses when needed
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Try to relax the jaw as often as possible
If TMD is not treated, the symptoms could increase and become more severe over time. If you live in or around Jacksonville Beach, FL and are experiencing any of these symptoms or are interested in learning more about TMD, please contact our office today. We look forward to seeing you soon.