TMJ Disorders

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joints)

These joints connect your lower jawbone to your skull. They get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling on the sides of the face
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

Should you notice any of these symptoms, let your doctor know. Your dentist can help indicate the presence of TMJ Disorder and create an effective treatment just for you.

A few simple steps you can to prevent TMJ Disorder from becoming more severe, or to prevent it from occurring:

  • Relax your face — Lips together & teeth apart
  • Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared
  • Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
  • Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid constant gum chewing
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth