How to Manage TMJ Pain
TMJ disorder occurs as a result of damage to the temporomandibular joint leading to problems with the jaw and surrounding facial muscles. There are a few treatments and solutions our team at Studfield Dental Group can offer you:
A Bite Splint
You’re unconsciously likely to put additional strain on your TMJ throughout the day. As much as you may try to stop actions such as chewing, your muscle memory is at play here and will keep repeating the process unless you train the jaw to not engage. You can do this by wearing a bite splint. A protective bite splint is a sure way of protecting your teeth and preventing your jaws from being overused.
The TMJ is designed to help your jaw open and close. Hence, it plays a vital role in eating and speaking. If you have an imbalanced bite, this can cause your TMJ to function inefficiently. In the long term, this strain can cause headaches and fatigue! By using orthodontic appliances, you can align your teeth and reduce any strain caused to your joints in the process!
When any joint of your body is sore, physical therapy and massages usually do wonders for relieving that ache! The same applies to your TMJ. There’s plenty of exercises and physical massages you can try to help ease the pain- simply talk to our team of dentists for options and we’ll guide you best on what to do.
Cosmetic injectables are usually used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines but did you know that certain types of these same products also work as natural muscles relaxants? This makes them highly useful as treatment against TMJ disorder. It usually helps to apply an injectable every 3-6 months if you want to notice a reduction in headaches.
These are the best ways you can handle the pain of TMJ disorder. If you find yourself experiencing chronic jaw pain or limited to a range of motion, call SDG for an appointment with one of our highly qualified dentists for immediate help!