Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) Treatment
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as severe, recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, also known as TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are located on either side of your jaw and are the hinges that allow movement of your lower jawbone. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement in some cases.
Symptoms of TMD can include:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
If you notice that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, request a consultation with Dr. Garlock. Specializing in treating those with symptoms of TMD, Dr. Garlock will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that provides relief from TMJ-related pain.
Not All Jaw Pain Is Associated With TMD
If you feel that you might have TMD, it is always important to see your dentist and receive an exam. However, not all jaw pain is associated with TMD, and if you do not have TMD, you can take many different preventive steps to maintain a healthy, strong smile.
- Relax your face — “Lips together, teeth apart.”
- Avoid grinding your teeth.
- Avoid all gum chewing.
- Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear.
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth.
- Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand.
- Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared.