Have you ever felt your jaw click or pop when you talk, chew, or yawn? Many people experience pain in their jaw muscles and don't know that they have temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It allows you to easily move your jaw up and down and side to side.
While it's not always possible to pinpoint the exact cause of TMD, in man cases it is due to arthritis, injury, tooth grinding, or stress. Common symptoms include:
- Pain in or around the ear
- Tender jaw muscles
- Pain when you yawn, chew or open your mouth wide
- Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Jaw joints that feel as if they are "locked" or "stuck"
TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort, which can last for many years. It can affect one or both sides of your face. There are many ways to treat this condition based on your specific diagnosis. Treatment could include modifying the pain through relaxation or wearing a special night guard to prevent the teeth from touching while you sleep.
At Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics, we know that your comfort and convenience come first. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call or book your appointment online today!