We Want To Help With Your TMJ Troubles
Which of these have you experienced?
ロ jaw stiffness
ロ jaw pain
ロ trouble chewing
ロ clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw
ロ frequent headaches (including migraines)
ロ frequent ear pain
ロ facial pains
ロ swelling near your jaw
If you could check more than one, then you may be experiencing symptoms of a TMJ disorder or TMD.
Today, we want to discuss some of the reasons you may be suffering with a TMD and what you can do to end your pain.
What Is The TMJ In TMJ Disorder?
Place your fingers near your ears. Now open and close your mouth.
You should be able to feel your jaw moving. The TMJ is the ball-and-socket joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint.
When everything is working correctly, your TMJ should not cause you pain. You should be able to eat, speak, sing, yawn, and do many other things without any problems.
When you have a TMJ disorder, however, you may find it difficult to do any of them.
So, What Causes TMDs?
This can be a little tricky, so bear with us as we try to explain.
Any of the following can cause TMJ problems:
⇨ A traumatic injury to the face or jaw
⇨ Illnesses or infections
⇨ Bruxism (grinding your teeth together)
In many cases, TMJ disorders are a result of two more of these factors. As a result, TMD treatment can vary depending on the specific causes.
With that in mind, our dentists will do all we can to help, and we have a treatment that works for people who grind their teeth in their sleep.
The First Steps In Treating TMJ Problems
You should be aware that most people will experience TMJ problems. This does not necessarily mean that you have a TMJ disorder.
You may want to try alleviating your problem with some of these suggestions from the TMJ Association.
▶ If you are in pain, an over-the-counter pain reliever may help.
▶ If you are experiencing swelling near your jaw, a cold pack or ice pack can help reduce the swelling and numb the pain.
▶ If you are having trouble moving your jaw, applying heat can help.
▶ If you have pain during or after meals, try eating softer foods for a week or so.
▶ Learn some jaw exercises.
▶ Find ways to help yourself relax. (Stress can lead to teeth grinding.)
If these changes help, that’s great.
But you may want to call us if one of two things happen: either your symptoms continue in spite of your changes or your symptoms return as soon as you stop you home treatments.
How We Can Treat TMJ At Parkway Dental
We will start by examining your mouth and jaw. We will be looking for signs of clenching and grinding. You may be doing this unknowingly when you are stressed, when you are asleep, or both.
If this is part of the cause of your problem, then we can create a special mouthguard for you to wear. This is similar to the mouthguard you may wear for sports, only this is designed to be worn while you sleep.
Now, it may take some time to adjust to sleeping with this in your mouth. However, it can make a big difference in your TMJ symptoms.
These mouthguards help in two ways. First, they create a barrier to keep your top and bottom teeth separated. That means you can’t grind them together.
Second, they change the resting position of your jaw. As you become accustomed to wearing the mouthguard, it can “train” your jaw to relax in that position.
Now, in a few circumstances, the alignment of your teeth could play a factor in your teeth grinding together. In those situations, we will discuss what options may be available to help.
Stop Living With The Pain
Don’t struggle with a TMJ disorder. Let us help you at our Snellville, GA, dentist office.
Contact us online or call (770) 676-1122 to set up a consultation.