A TMD is also known as a temporomandibular joint disorder. They are commonly caused by damage to your temporomandibular joints within your jaw. The joints are extremely complex with many working parts that all rely on each other to help facilitate the movement of your jaw for a variety of tasks including opening and closing your mouth and for chewing foods. If they are damaged, it can hinder the performance of your oral health care
If you have a TMD, you can alleviate pain with heat packs and ice packs. Ice packs are a wonderful choice if you experience swelling or inflammation. For additional pain relievers, medication may be prescribed by your dentist. Even meditative techniques and practices such as relaxing music, yoga, and biofeedback can help reduce pain and alleviate stress.
There may be an underlying condition that is causing your TMD, such as bruxism. Bruxism occurs when you grind, clench, or gnash your teeth, often unknowingly while you sleep. This condition can wear down tooth enamel and place extra stress on our jaw, which could be the cause of your TMD. To help alleviate the effects of bruxism, you dentist can give you a bite plate or night guard to use.
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