TMJ Treatment Belmont WA
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or simply TMJ/TMD, is a pain in the jaw joint and muscles that can be caused by several medical problems.
TMJ disorders can cause pain in the head, neck, face, and ears.
One may also experience a jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open, biting problems, and jaw clicking or popping sounds when biting.
Symptoms of TMJ Problems
- Pain or tenderness in one or both jaws
- Pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Facial pain
- Jaw joint locking, making it hard to open or close your mouth
TMJ problems can also cause a jaw clicking or grating feeling when opening your mouth or chewing.
Treatment for TMJ Problems
While there is no cure for TMJ disorders, there are different treatments that may significantly reduce your symptoms.
Your Belmont WA dentist may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Medication. Get rid of muscle spasm and pain by applying moist heat or taking medications, like muscle relaxants, aspirin, other over-the-counter painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Wear protective appliances. This reduces the negative effects of tooth clenching and grinding by wearing a protective mouthguards or splints.
Relax. Relaxation techniques may help control muscle tension in the jaw. Your Belmont WA dentist may suggest you seek training or counselling to help eliminate stress.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a way to prevent TMJ disorders?
- If you have occasional episodes of jaw pain, avoid chewing gum or biting on hard objects, like pens or fingernails.
- Avoid eating hard or chewy foods. Support your lower jaw with your hand when yawning.
- Avoid taking large bites when eating.
- Regularly massage your jaw, cheeks, and temple muscles.
- Apply moist heat if you feel spasms.
- Maintain a good sleeping posture with neck support.
- Do not put your phone between your shoulder and neck when taking calls.
- See your Belmont WA dentist if you grind your teeth at night or often find yourself clenching your jaw.