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Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, connect your lower jaw to your skull. These joints are involved in speaking, chewing, swallowing, yawning, and clenching. Pain in your TMJ is called Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, and can be uncomfortable and restrictive. It’s easy to see why pain in and around these joints is quite common.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Pain or ringing in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locking jaw or limited opening of the mouth

If you notice that you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please let us know. We will evaluate your symptoms and customize your treatment plan to help relieve your discomfort. If you occasionally experience jaw pain, here are a few suggestions to minimize discomfort and prevent reoccurrence”

  • Relax your face, holding your lips together but your teeth apart
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Do not chew gum
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Avoid sitting with your chin resting on your hand
  • Practice optimal posture with your head up and shoulders back

Many people experience TMD without receiving orthodontic treatment. Symptoms may come and go, independent of wearing braces. If you are concerned that you may be in need of treatment for TMD, please contact us for a consultation.