Do you hear a popping sound when you open and close your mouth? Do you feel tenderness and discomfort in your jaw after opening your mouth wide, for example after eating a big meal. You might be suffering from the effects of TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. TMD is an issue that can arise from problems with the jaw joints and face muscles. When the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge that attaches your jaw to your skull, becomes misaligned, it can lead to discomfort and leave lasting effects.
Symptoms of TMD
Many times, patients’ TMD symptoms remain undiagnosed because they don’t realize what they are experiencing or are unsure of who to contact about their discomfort. At Dentistry By Angela Britt, we are happy to help and treat any patient who is experiencing the effects of TMD. Anyone who has suffered from these symptoms knows that it can be debilitating and extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms of TMD include:
- Jaw that gets stuck or is difficult to open and close
- Clicking or popping sound while opening your mouth or eating
- Discomfort in the jaw area or aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
What to do Before Your Visit
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, there are precautions you can take at home to help alleviate your discomfort before you are seen in our office. The most important thing is to make sure you stay relaxed. Being stressed and in a tense state can put added pressure on your jaw and exacerbate your symptoms. Additional precautions include:
- Eat softer foods
- Avoid foods that are tough to chew
- Use warm compresses on your jaw
- Cut your food into smaller pieces
- Massage your jaw
If TMD conditions are not treated, symptoms can become more severe over time. If you live in or around the Brunswick, GA area 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.