TMD is a common condition that describes a series of issues with jaw and face muscles. It stands for Temporomandibular joint disorders. It results from a problem in in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is a hinge that connects the temporal bones, in your skull in front of each ear, to your jaw. The joint enables you to talk, yawn, and chew by letting your mouth move.
TMD can be very painful and interfere with daily functions like eating and speaking. if you have these symptoms, you may have TMD:
Aching or very tired facial muscles
Jaws that are fixed open or shut without you being able to unlock them
Grating or popping sounds when you chew or close or open your mouth
Pain in the entire area, including the mouth, jaw, neck, or shoulders, that comes on when you chew or yawn
You can try to prevent TMD by focusing on reducing risk factors. If you grind your teeth at night, call the SmileOn office about getting a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your jaw. If you are overly stressed, look into ways to better manage your stress and relax your muscles. Another strategy for trying to prevent the development of TMD is to avoid chewing gum, since that puts stress on your jaw.