Identifying, Treating and Preventing TMJ disorder

Your temporomandibular joints, or jaw joints, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. As you may imagine, these joints get quite 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. Many people suffer from pain in this area, as well as recurrent headaches. In some cases this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

  • 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
  • Swelling on the sides of the face
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

Even if you aren’t experiencing any of the symptoms above, there are some simple things you can do at home or work to prevent TMJ disorder from occurring in your jaw joints:

  • Relax your face – remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid constant 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

Should you notice any of the symptoms, give our practice a call at 1-877-943-2976 or visit our web site for more information. Our team can help identify the presence of TMJ disorder, and if necessary, recommend an appropriate course of treatment.