At Alexandria Art of Dentistry, we care about your overall health. From correcting dental imperfections to guiding patients dealing with chronic disorders such as TMD, we provide you with comprehensive dental care services.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)
Several people suffer from recurring headaches, and chronic neck and facial pain. The pain may be a result of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).
The Temporomandibular joints are the ones that connect the lower jaw to the skull. During the day, this joint is continuously in use when you speak, yawn, chew or swallow.
Pain in these joints or in the surrounding region can cause quite a bit of discomfort for you—and often restricts movement.
What are the symptoms?
People suffering from the disorder often experience:
Pain in jaw and surrounding region
Ringing, stuffiness or pain in the ears
Recurring head and neck aches
Popping/clicking sound as the jaw moves
Swelling on one or both sides of the face
Spasms in the jaw region
Changes in upper or lower teeth alignment
Limited mouth opening or locked jaw
If you experience any of above-mentioned symptoms, let your dentist know. We can work together to discern the case, and create a treatment plan for your condition.
You can prevent TMD from occurring or becoming more severe with these simple steps at work or at home.
Let you face relax in a way that your lips rest over each other, but teeth remain apart
Avoid grinding your teeth
Don’t hold a telephone receiver using your shoulders and your head—hold it in your hand; you can also use a headset
Use teeth on both sides to chew food
Don’t rest your chin over your hands while sitting
Maintain a good posture—head up, straight back and shoulders
Avoid chewing gum
Due to its connection to chronic neck and facial pain, the symptoms of TMJ disorder can be rather broad and evasive. This makes diagnosis rather complicated, seeing as most people suffering from the condition may reduce it to a fleeting headache.
Having treated a number of patients with TMJ disorder in Alexandria, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat your dental problem any delays.
Need help understanding TMD better? We can help you out. Visit our dentist’s office to learn more about the disorder and how to prevent it.
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