TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can be a serious problem for the millions of Americans who struggle with this painful condition. If you have TMJ pain, your primary goal is likely to find relief from the discomfort and dysfunction. Jaw pain may come and go, or it may be chronic. You may experience pressure, feelings of fullness or locking of the jaw. Although your symptoms can feel isolating, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as many as 10 million Americans suffer from some degree of TMJ. Our dental team works to bring you the relief you deserve, and all it takes is one phone call to schedule an appointment.
Relief can often be found through simple, conservative measures. Resting your jaw gives your muscles a chance to recover. Try to eat a soft diet for a few days to reduce the strain on your chewing muscles. Oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pasta, soft vegetables, fish and poultry can all be good options. Avoid crunchy, tough and chewy foods as much as possible. During your rest period, you also need to avoid any movements that could stress your jaw. This includes yawning widely, resting your jaw on your hand, chewing gum or cradling the phone between your jaw and your shoulder. Try to incorporate relaxation exercises, such as breathing exercises and yoga, into your day-to-day activities.
Although at-home treatments for the pain of TMJ can be effective for many people, they might not be enough for you. Our team offers professional care for those with TMJ. If you are struggling with pain and dysfunction, we can provide you with the care you need to enjoy comfort and improved function. Medications, physical therapy, injections and other professional treatment options are all available. Call our office today to learn more about your treatment options or to schedule your appointment with our dentist.