Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) can cause pain, abnormal jaw movements and joint noises. They are quite common.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. There is one on each side of your face, in front of each ear. These joints allow the movements needed for speaking, eating and facial expression.
If you have TMD, you may have:
- discomfort or pain in the jaw, especially when eating
- an aching pain in front of your ear, which may spread to your face
- ‘locking’ of the jaw, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
- a clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth or chew
- an uncomfortable or uneven bite
What causes TMD?
TMD can be caused by a number of different things, including:
- dental (tooth) issues — for example, if you have new fillings or dentures causing an uneven bite
- wear and tear of the joint, usually caused by osteoarthritis
- an injury
- jaw clenching and teeth grinding, which may be linked to stress
- other diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia or gout
Sometimes, people have TMD without any obvious cause.
There is plenty you can do to relieve the symptoms of TMD:
- eat soft food
- avoid chewing gum
- cut all food into small pieces
- avoid clenching your jaw
- avoid opening your mouth wide
- wear Our specially designed TMJ splint while you sleep to protect the teeth and help in minimizing enlargement of chewing muscles from teeth grinding.
- You can also try relaxation techniques to relieve stress. Gentle jaw-strengthening exercises might also help.
Are you suffering from pain in your ear and jaw?
Schedule your TMJ therapy consultation with Dr. Odette Lee today.
Contact us on 97440222 to speak with our friendly staff.