Temporomandibular (TM) disorders are a problem with the muscles and joints that connect your jaw to your skull. They cause pain when you open your mouth, chew, or yawn. You may feel this pain on one or both sides.
TM disorders are often caused by tight jaw muscles. The tightness can be caused by clenching or grinding your teeth. This may happen when you have a lot of stress in your life.
If you lower your stress, you may be able to stop clenching or grinding your teeth. This will help relax your jaw and reduce your pain.
You may also be able to do some things at home to feel better. But if none of this works, your doctor may prescribe medicine to help relax your muscles and control the pain.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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