Have you ever woken up from what you thought was a good night’s rest with a sore jaw or pounding headache? Chances are you were clenching your jaw or even grinding your teeth while you were sleeping. While a random occurrence may simply make your day get off to a rough start, routinely waking up in this manner can wreck havoc on your life. Thankfully, most cases of TMJ pain can be alleviated with non-surgical or at-home treatments.
Bite guards are a common at-home remedy. A soft device, referred to as mouth guards, will be worn at night (generally) to keep you from grinding your teeth or to lessen the impact on your joint from clenching your teeth. Many of these mouth guards are available over the counter at drug stores nationwide. Be sure to get a size that is comfortable for your mouth. There is also the use of heat/cold therapy. Using a heating pad to relax your jaw before bed may help prevent you from grinding or clenching throughout the night. Also, using an ice pack can help to relieve any pain associated with the grinding or clenching. Many chiropractors also claim that specific adjustments can help. These at-home remedies are popular and effective for most people.
Should these non-surgical procedures prove ineffective, your dentist can provide information about other options. If there is a structural problem present with how the joint connecting your jaw to your skull, your dentist may suggest other procedures to relieve your pain associated with TMJ. Don’t put up with your painful morning routine any longer. Call your Peachtree City dentists today.
Posted on behalf of Jason R. Lee DMD, Greencastle Dental
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