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What is TMD

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Education | Be the first one to comment

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is made up of the jaw joint and the group of muscles that allow us to chew, speak, swallow and yawn.  When the balance is lost and something goes wrong, we develop TMD  (temporomandibular disorder).
Signs and symptoms include many of the following:  Tenderness and muscle soreness.  Difficulty opening or closing your mouth.  Headaches or neck pain.  Clicking, grinding or popping noises when you chew your food.
The causes of TMD are not always obvious but stress often plays a major role.  Everyday lives can cause us to clench and grind our teeth together often without even realizing it.  There also can be other factors such as an injury, whiplash, missing teeth, improperly fitting dentures…
Your dentist can suggest several solutions to relieving TMD pain.  First and foremost relax!!  Often just knowing you are clenching can help stop the habit.  Hot and cold compresses can help along with massaging the muscles. 
Your dentist may also recommend a bite splint or nightguard.  This appliance covers the biting surface of the teeth of one jaw which helps relax the muscles.  The nightguard also protects your precious teeth and dental work from wear and fracture.
Discuss any TMD symptoms with your dentist at the Rideau Dental Center so they can help alleviate any pain you may experience.  Call us at 613-230-7475

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