TMD is a condition when the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is causing pain in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles.
Some common symptoms may include headaches, worn teeth, painful muscles in the face, neck, and shoulders, clicking and popping of the jaw joint, earaches, pain behind the eyes, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, ringing in the ears, and other problems.
Self care tips for TMD:
- Apply warm moist compresses to jaw area 15-20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day
- Avoid opening the mouth wide, limit to 2 fingers width max
- Eat soft diet, avoid hard and crunchy foods
- Do not chew gum
- Don’t rest your chin on your hand
- Avoid caffeine
- Sleep on your back
- Take anti-inflammatory, Ibuprofen ( Advil, Motrin ) as directed
In some instances Dr Conner may recommend a combination of a prescription medication, treatment with a laser, or an Occlusal Guard. An Occusal Guard is an appliance that you wear over all the teeth of the upper or lower arch. The appliance will allow the jaw joint and surrounding muscles to function more smoothly. It will help reduce clenching habits, jaw/joint pain, teeth wear, and cracked teeth.