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If you feel tension in your jaw or hear snapping noises when you open and close your mouth, you might be developing a TMJ disorder.

What is TMD?

TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joints, or the superbly intricate muscles and joints that make it possible to move your mouth up and down in order perform essential daily tasks like chewing, swallowing and speaking.

A TMJ disorder (TMD) might happen when your jaw is dislocated or incapacitated. It may be a side effect of arthritis, your jaw’s natural alignment, or stress and teeth grinding. In some cases, this is difficult to avoid, but there are many things you can do to protect your jaw.

Your jaw is an important part of your everyday life. As such, it deserves your care and protection. Here are just a few things you can do to thwart or diminish your symptoms:

1. Relax and fortify your face and jaw muscles.

Do you have a habit of clenching your jaw when stressed? Practice jawbone mindfulness. Meditation, jaw massage, medication and jaw strengthening exercises, are all worthwhile possibilities for those with jaw tension. Talk to Dr. Jerry Butler to get further particulars on exercises that can aid you.

2. Talk to Dr. Jerry Butler about getting a mouth guard.

If your TMD is due to teeth grinding, we can fit you with a comfortable, custom-fit night guard to protect your teeth and jaw.

3. Speak with Dr. Jerry Butler about correcting jaorw misalignment.

A maladaptive bite can be a serious jaw hazard. Braces, rubber bands, headgear, and upper jaw expander, reverse pull face mask, cosmetic dentistry, and in severe cases surgery are all options.

Call us at (828) 264-5858 or visit Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D in Boone, North Carolina to learn more about opportunities for averting and treating a TMJ disorder.