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Does eating and speaking cause you pain? Is your jaw abnormally sore simply from speaking or yawning? If so, you may be suffering from a temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMD. TMDs occur when the ball and socket joints in the jaw are injured or damaged. TMDs typically first show symptoms directly in the damaged area, but the pain can be far-reaching. Here are some common symptoms to look for:

– Do you have any joint pain when your jaw is moving?
– Do you have any muscle stiffness or pain around your head?
– Do you get headaches?
– Is there any popping or clicking sounds when you open your jaw?
– Does your jaw ever lock up?
– Do you suffer from arthritis, jaw dislocation or injury, tooth and jaw misalignment issues, stress, anxiety, or bruxism?

If you have any of these symptoms, you may suffer from TMD. Treatment is available. Our team at Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can help you deal with pains associated with TMD. Listed below are some common treatment options for temporomandibular disorder:

– You can follow exercises that are specifically designed to strengthen your jaw muscles.
– Some medications, such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications can help with TMD.
– Bruxism treatments for grinding your teeth can be minimized with bite plates or night guards.
– Avoid extreme movements to your jaw, including deep yawns and chewing gum.

If you think you suffer from TMD, you can schedule an appointment with Drs. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer by calling us at 703.994.4626, and speak with a member of our team. Our office is located in Centreville, Virginia. We look forward to fixing your smile!