Dr. Paul Arfanis
228 Saint Paul Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

Woman with Jaw Pain - Westfield, NJ - Westfield Family DentistryThose who suffer from Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) suffer from chronic facial pain, as well as reoccurring headaches. TMD occurs when your temporomandibular joints, muscles or ligaments, which connect your jawbone to your skull, experience pain. Your temporomandibular joints are used often – every time you open your mouth to chew, eat, yawn or speak, you are using those joints – so discomfort in that area can seriously affect your lifestyle.

Symptoms of TMD:

  1. A Clicking or Popping Sound When Your Jaw Opens or Closes
  2. Pain In the Jaw Area
  3. Discomfort, Stinging or Stuffiness In the Ears
  4. Reoccurring Headaches and Neck Pain
  5. Facial Swelling
  6. Muscle Spasms In the Jaw
  7. Locked Jaw or Limited Ability to Open Mouth
  8. A Change In Alignment for the Bottom and Top Teeth
  9. Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth
  10. Receding Gums
  11. Tooth Movement

If you experience any of these symptoms, let our doctor know! He will be able to determine the best form of treatment if TMD is detected.

There Are A Few Ways That You Can Ease The Pain of TMD if You Are Suffering. You Can:

  1. Relax your body and facial muscles. Keeping your lips together, but your teeth apart are the best way to ensure you’re relaxing your face.
  2. Try to avoid grinding your teeth or chewing gum.
  3. Don’t hold your phone up between your head and your shoulder. Either use a headset or hold the phone up to your ear with your hand.
  4. Don’t rest your chin on your hand while sitting.
  5. Practice good posture – keep your back straight, your shoulders square, and your head up.
  6. Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth.

Ultimately, TMD can be caused by your teeth being out of alignment or by neck and back problems.

Contact Westfield Family Dentistry – Dr. Paul Arfanis

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