Temporomandibular Disorder

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, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn.

These joints can be painful and even restrict your movement.

Symptoms of TMD

If you have any of these symptoms, tell Dr. Bennett at your next appointment.

He can help determine if you have TMD and create a customized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.

  • Pain in your jaw area
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in your ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping sound when your jaw moves
  • Muscle spasms in your jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of your top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of your mouth

 

Not All Jaw Pain Is Associated With TMD

If you think you might have TMD, it's always important to see Dr. Bennett and get an exam.

However, not all jaw pain is associated with TMD, and if you don't have TMD you can take a few 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

Many people get TMD without ever having braces. Symptoms usually come and go whether you wear braces or not.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms and you're concerned that you're a candidate for TMD treatment, please contact our office for a consultation.