TMJ - TMD
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
If you suffer from chronic headaches of facial pain, it’s possible you suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or "TMJ".
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in your ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw
- Swelling on the sides of your face
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of your top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, we may be able to help you through orthodontic treatment. Not all patients who suffer from TMJ will need surgery. In fact, many people find relief through achieving proper tooth alignment with other orthodontic methods.
How can I avoid TMJ issues?
If you aren’t experiencing TMJ - and want to keep it that way - here are some tips to keep your jaw joints healthy:
- Relax your face – remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Avoid constant gum chewing
- Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder – either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
- Don’t sit with your chin resting on your hand
- Practice good posture
Do you think you might have TMJ?
Book your free consultation at any of our dental clinics in New York and we will help find the right solution for you.