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What is TMD?

November 9, 2016

By: Kayla Ramsdell

When we are irritated or stressed our bodies will tense and often times we will unknowingly do things like clench our jaw throughout the day or even in our sleep. Our jaw muscles are sensitive to stress and many of us end up storing a lot of unreleased tension in our jaws. This can lead to pain and inflammation, resulting in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Symptoms of TMD may include:

• limited jaw movement
• difficulty opening the mouth of “locked jaw”
• clicking or popping
• headaches
• pain in ears, face, neck, back of muscle spasms

Relaxing and relieving ourselves from any stressors would alleviate TMD symptoms, however, in most cases this is easier said than done. A TMD splint may be what you are needing to diminish these symptoms. A TMD splint allows the muscles and ligaments to relax, ridding the facial muscles of any tension and tightness brought on by clenching. To find out more, visit our website:
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