If you have pain or tenderness in your jaw, face, neck, or shoulder area you may be suffering from TMJ/TMD. Problems that arise with the jaw and facial muscles that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It I also commonly called TMJ, after the joint.
How TMD/TMJ starts
TMD symptoms can pop up when there are issues with joint or muscles in the jaw. Grinding or clenching teeth can put an enormous amount of pressure on your jaw and cause TMD. Blunt trauma to the jaw, a whiplash, arthritis to the joint, or stress can also result in TMD.
The signs of TMD/TMJ
TMD can create excessive pain or discomfort. For some, the pain is temporary while for others it can last years. It can impact one or both sides of the face. It is more common for women to have the condition and it is more prevalent in adults between 20 and 40 years old. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have TMD: Problems opening your mouth wide, a jaw that gets stuck or locked in open or closed position, the sound of clicking or popping, feeling tired in your face, problems with chewing, unable to bite comfortably, or swelling on the face. Toothaches, headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, or a ringing in the ears can also be due to TMD.
Treatment for TMD/TMJ
Before pursuing traditional in office treatments for TMD/TMJ, consider how some of the following at home remedies can be of help.
- Eat the right foods: soft foods like mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, soup, eggs, cooked vegetables, or yogurt will be much kinder to your jaw. Cut up your food into small bites and chew less. Take a pass on hard foods like carrots or pretzels and chewy foods like caramels.
- Use moisture: Put an ice pack on the side of your face for 10 minutes.
- Use over the counter medications: ibuprofen, naproxen or other anti-inflammatory drugs can help relive pain.
Arrange a consultation
If you suffer from jaw pain and need additional treatment, call Agnini Family Dental today. You can reach our office by calling (863) 682-1500, located in Lakeland, Florida.