Posted by Gary Alder Dec 11,2023

Why Does My Jaw Hurt?

You might have TMD.  TMD stands for temporomandibular (joint) disorder.  It is estimated that 10 million Americans suffer from TMD. The symptoms can be painful and frustrating, but the good news is that there are treatments available.

What is TMD?

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, which is a condition that affects the jaw joints and the facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can chew and speak. When this joint becomes inflamed or irritated, it can cause pain and dysfunction in the surrounding muscles and tissues. This condition is known as TMD.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in your jaw or face
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Earaches
  • Neck pain
  • Popping or clicking sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Limited range of motion in your jaw
  • Locking of your jaw
  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty chewing

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and recommend treatment options to help relieve your pain and improve your quality of life.

What Causes TMD?

There are many causes of TMD, including:

  • Injury to the jaw or teeth
  • Arthritis in the joints of the jaw
  • Stress on the muscles around the jaw
  • Misalignment of the teeth
  • Grinding your teeth at night
  • Poor posture

Treatment for TMD may include:

  • Nightguards and Bite Splints – These appliances help realign your jaw while you sleep. They prevent teeth grinding and clenching, which relieves pressure on your jaw joints.
  • Physical therapy – Exercises can help strengthen your jaw muscles and improve flexibility.
  • Medications – Over-the-counter pain relievers can help relieve the pain caused by TMJ disorders.
  • Surgery – In rare cases, surgery may be needed to correct severe misalignment or damage in the joint.

If you’re suffering from TMD, don’t suffer in silence!, contact Global Facial Aesthetics at 708-366-8909 to set up an appointment for a TMD evaluation. We will be happy to discuss treatment options with you and help you get back to feeling your best!

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