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TEMPOROMANDIBULAR

DISORDER (TMD)

WHAT IS TMD?

Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, is pain or compromised movement of the Temporomandibular joint that connects your jawbone to your skull.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call our office. Dr. Beckman can identify if you are suffering from TMD and can create an effective treatment plan that is right for you!

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain in the jaw area

  • Ringing, stuffiness, or pain in the ears

  • Frequent headaches or neck aches

  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves

  • Swelling on the sides of the face

  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area

  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth

  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

TIPS FOR LIVING WITH TMD

  • Relax your face — Remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”

  • Avoid grinding your teeth

  • Avoid constant gum chewing

  • Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — Either use a headset or hold the receiver in your hand

  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth

  • Do not sit with your chin resting on your hand

  • Practice good posture — Keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared