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Discomfort and pain
in your jaw, clicking while you talk or chew, and swelling on the sides of your
face can be caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). TMD can make
talking and eating both painful and uncomfortable. Our team understands how TMD
can make your day a challenge. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for
managing TMD discomfort, but also encourage you to schedule a visit to see us
for a full evaluation.
Finding Relief at
If your jaw is swollen, try applying a cold compress to your
face. We recommend holding the compress in place for about 10 minutes. If you
are able, try a few gentle jaw stretches. After the cold compress, apply warm,
moist heat to the same area. You can keep this warm compress in place for an
additional 5 to 10 minutes.
If your discomfort is particularly noticeable, try
over-the-counter pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs) or ibuprofen. If you find yourself taking pain relieving medications
daily, please contact us immediately.
The “Don’ts” of TMD
Applying excess pressure to your jaw can make your TMD
discomfort worse. Don’t use your hand as a rest for your chin, as doing so
increases the amount of pressure and strain placed on your jaw. If you talk on
the phone frequently, avoid holding the phone on your shoulder while bending
your neck to keep it in place.
Clenching your jaw and keeping your teeth tightly closed can
also lead to a build-up of pressure in the jaw. During the day, try to keep
your teeth from touching. By create a little space between your teeth, you will
be relieving pressure from your jaw.
Our team is here to help you. Schedule a consultation with our
dentist to learn more about the solutions available for people just like you
dealing with TMD discomfort. We will provide a thorough examination to
determine the best course of treatment for your TMD.
Relief may be closer than you think. Contact our dental team to learn more today.
170 South Broadway Suite 2
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866