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Mar
27

Therapy Options for TMJ

Posted in TMJ Therpy

TMJ/TMD is a disorder that affects many people all over the world. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint which is the joint that connects the lower jawbone to the skull. These hinge joints are supposed to move easily, but sometimes they can get inflamed or locked up. This is what is called TMD for Temporomandibular Disorder.

This disorder is most often found because the patient is complaining of headaches, jaw pain, or pain in cheeks or shoulders.   In some patients, TMJ causes a ringing in the ears.  Your dentist will evaluate your case and discuss treatment options with you.

There are a variety of methods used to treat Temporomandibular Disorder with the advice and care of your dentist:

  1. Apply moist heat or ice packs
  2. Eat foods that are soft and easy to chew
  3. Take over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medicines like ibuprofen
  4. Wear a night guard to keep from grinding your teeth
  5. Practice keep your teeth apart when resting
  6. Learn some relaxation techniques to keep your stress level down

If none of these remedies are helping to relieve your pain your pain and discomfort, talk to your dentist about other treatment options. There are other potenial TMJ treatment options including those using radioactive waves and ultrasound. In addition, surgery can be an option in some cases. Your dentist will usually initially recommend the least invasive type of procedure appropriate for your condition.  If that treatment option fails to provide relief, then he or she may recommend trying  a more invasive procedure.  For most patients, one of these ways will provide relief from Temporomandibular Disorder and get you out of pain!

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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