Arthritis in the area, making movement more difficult
Excessive tooth grinding, because it increases stress on the joint
General stress, which can lead you to clench your teeth and strain facial muscles
Symptoms of TMD
Symptoms of TMD can last for just a short while, or for several years. Seeing Drs. Tushar and Keyur Shah is important if your symptoms make it impossible for you to eat regularly or if you have unbearable pain or discomfort. The following symptoms can occur on both or one side of your face.
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, ask Drs. Tushar and Keyur Shah about wearing a mouthguard. 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.
If you have questions about TMD, don’t hesitate to contact our Palos Hills office.