Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a condition that affects the jaw joints, facial muscles, and tendons surrounding the jaw. It can be painful for some people, while others may be unaware of its presence. Generally, people who have TMD experience pain in the jaw area, chronic headaches, jaw popping or clicking, limited opening of the mouth, or a change in the alignment of the upper and lower teeth.
During your TMD consultation at our Annapolis dental office, Dr. Grosshandler will provide a thorough exam, including models and bite records, and explain the source of your pain and discomfort. He will also go over your treatment options.
TMD can generally be managed conservatively with an oral appliance worn at night. Successfully timed treatment can alleviate chronic pain in the joints and musculature, and can alleviate chronic headaches if the source is temporomandibular in origin.
In addition to using your oral appliance, keep these things in mind:
- 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 rested on your hand.
- Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared.
Dr. Grosshandler truly cares about providing pain relief and restoring function for people who suffer from TMD in Annapolis, MD. He is uniquely qualified to treat this condition because of his advanced training and 40-plus years of successful results.