The joint in your jaw that allows your mouth to open and close is called your TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint). This joint functions when you chew, yawn and talk. Sometimes, people can develop a disorder with their TMJ. This TMJ disorder is called TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) or TMJD. How do you know if you have this condition? Some common symptoms of TMD are:
These symptoms can be temporary or they can be chronic and last for many years.
What causes TMJ Disorders? Potential causes of TMD include:
If you think you have a disorder of your TMJ, first try some self-help ideas at home. For example, applying moist heat or ice to the sore joint, eating foods that are soft and avoiding gum chewing or yawning really big.
If this home treatment doesn’t help, visit your dentist. If you are diagnosed with a TMJ disorder (TMD), your dentist provide you with alternative methods to manage your discomfort, or can refer you to a TMD specialist in your area who can assess your condition and offer you further appropriate treatments.
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Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
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