A significant number of the population suffers from severe headaches and chronic jaw pain. Sometimes this pain is the result of a condition called Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints are used a lot throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in these joints, in addition to being uncomfortable, can restrict movement.
Symptoms of TMD include:
Dr. McCord and Dr. McCoy may recommend treatment if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Locked jaw
- Limited ability to open the mouth
- A change in tooth alignment
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw when you open or close your mouth
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Pain in the jaw area
Not all jaw pain is associated with TMD.
If you think that you may have TMD, it is imperative that you visit McCord Orthodontics and have an exam. It is important to note that not all jaw pain is the result of TMD. If you do not have TMD, there are many things you can do to maintain a healthy, strong smile, such as:
- Practice good posture – head up, back straight, and shoulders squared
- Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
- Do not hold the phone between your head and shoulder. Either use a headset or hold the phone to your ear.
- Do not chew gum
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Relax your face – lips together, teeth apart
TMD symptoms usually wax and wane whether or not an individual has ever worn braces. If you have any of the symptoms listed above and think that you have TMD, we invite you to contact our office for a consultation.