TMD also referred to as TMJ or temporomandibular disorder, can be a painful and frustrating condition. Studies show that symptoms develop as a result of problems with the muscles of the jaw or the temporomandibular joint itself. TMD may be due to an injury to the jaw or muscles of the head or neck, like a whiplash. In other instances grinding, clenching, arthritis, stress, or movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint can cause TMD. Before we discuss at home remedies for TMD, let’s determine if you exhibit the symptoms.
TMD symptoms occur in the jaw and face area. Pain or tenderness in the face, neck, shoulders, or when you open your mouth to speak or chew are all signs of TMD. Other symptoms include: your jaw getting “stuck” when in the open or closed position, a grating or popping sound in the jaw joint, feeling tired in the face, problems chewing or swelling in the face. Backaches, dizziness, headaches, and earaches have also been connected to TMD.
How to treat TMD
If you have been diagnosed with TMD, there are specific steps you can take at home to ease your condition.
- Take medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can diminish muscle swelling and pain.
- Use a cold or heat pack: place an ice pack to the side of your face for about 10 minutes. If recommended by your dentist, do jaw stretches then apply a warm compress for 5 minutes?
- Avoid certain jaw movements: decrease extreme jaw movements like singing, yelling, yawning, or chewing.
- Don’t rest your chin on your hand: Never hold the phone between your ear and shoulder and practice proper posture.
- Relax: relaxation techniques will help loosen the jaw. Stress reduction therapy can go a long way in releasing tension in your facial muscles.
Schedule a consultation
If you are dealing with TMD, don’t hesitate to contact Broadway Family Dentistry. In addition to at home treatments, our practice offers more traditional methods to help relieve TMD pain. Call us today at (701) 839-1299 located in Minot, North Dakota.