TMD is the umbrella term used to refer to a wide range of symptoms associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). These differ greatly, as some sufferers experience random bouts of jaw pain, while others may completely lose mobility in this region. Learning about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of TMD will help you to better understand the disorder.
Causes & Risk Factors
These risk factors may increase your chances of experiencing TMD:
Poor posture and fatigue
Conditions like chronic inflammatory arthritis
Dental problems such as poorly positioned teeth
Women 18-44 are most likely to develop TMD
TMD can manifest in various ways, but these are the most common symptoms:
Loss of mobility or locking of the jaw joint
Earache or soreness
Migraines and headaches
Soreness throughout the jaw region
Treating TMJ Disorder
Treatments for TMD vary from mouthguards and orthodontics to physical therapy and medication. In addition, since stress is a major cause of TMD, stress-relieving activities may subdue or eliminate your symptoms.
At West Lakes Dentistry, we’ll listen carefully to your concerns and the details of your condition before recommending the solution that suits your needs. Contact us today so we can begin to create a plan for your symptoms.
Relieving TMD at Home
If your TMD is preventing prevent you from doing the things you love, we recommend coming in to our office for professional treatment. However, if a minor case flares up while you’re in the comfort of your home, these remedies may be able to provide some relief:
Apply Ice to Your Jaw
Ice can be highly effective at reducing pain associated with TMD. Consider an ice pack or ice cubes wrapped in a cloth to cool the area, reduce inflammation, and manage pain.
When your jaw is sore and sensitive, chewing can trigger pain in the surrounding area. Try sticking with soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, and others that involve little to no crunch. This will help to avoid aggravating your symptoms.