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Treatment for TMJ Disorders

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Damage or pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the connective tissue and muscle between the lower jaw and the skull, may be a sign of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). These disorders can have serious and painful consequences. Receiving an injury to the jaw, TMJ, or the muscles of the neck and head may all be viable causes of a temporomandibular disorder. Other causes include stress, causing an individual to involuntarily tighten the jaw and facial muscles, arthritis, and clenching or grinding teeth, which exerts a tremendous amount of pressure on the TMJ. A TMD can be extremely painful, with some having pain in the TMJ, pain in the facial muscles of the head, face, and neck, toothache, as well as a clicking or popping sound in the jaw. Others complain of not being able to open their mouths very wide, jaws that lock in position, and difficulty chewing. Dizziness, ringing in the ears, earaches, issues with hearing, and shoulder and neck pain are also common symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder.
Treatments for TMD may be administered at home with a few tips, with a Dentist’s help in noninvasive therapies, or surgery, as the very last resort. Treatment for TMD is recommended to always begin and concentrate on the more conservative, noninvasive methods, which are the most effective.

To place less pressure on your jaw, try eating more soft foods. For example, try soup, fish, yogurt, cottage cheese, cooked vegetables, beans, and mashed potatoes. Avoid hard chewy and crunchy foods such as, carrots and caramel. When eating, it is better to reduce the size of each bite of food. This will help in avoiding opening one’s mouth extra wide, which may stress the jaw and its muscles. Another home remedy would be to apply a cold pack or heat on the area that is causing pain. Reducing the frequency in which one opens their jaw will inevitably help. Avoid chewing gum, yawning, and eating club sandwiches. Try to avoid resting your chin on your hand or balancing the telephone between your ear and shoulder. Refrain from clenching or grinding your teeth by keeping them apart as often as possible, or by placing your tongue between your teeth.

For the most effective treatment look towards your Dentist. The Dental profession has spent a lot of time researching TMD and treatments to combat this disorder. An oral mouthpiece may be custom - made by your Dentist, in order to bring balance back to your jaw, TMJ, and muscles supporting this whole system. The mouthpiece fits over your teeth and accomplishes several things at once. It will position your teeth and correct your bite and guard against clenching or grinding.

Other treatments such as ultrasound, injections, radio wave therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, and surgery are available if the conservative methods prove ineffective. These more expensive and sometimes more risky treatments should only be considered after all other solutions have been exhausted. Ultimately, there are numerous treatments for TMD, and one does not have to go on any longer with the pain and discomfort of this common disorder.
Dr. Martin Gorman is a highly trained dental practitioner in the treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), Watch a video about TMJ Treatment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBqCvQj91e4
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