Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorders can take a toll on a person’s quality of life. From developing restricted oral function to headaches, symptoms of TMJ disorders can present painful symptoms. If you’re suffering with symptoms related to TMJ malfunction, our dentist can help. We prescribe custom mouthguards and offer stress reduction tips to treat TMJ disorders.
Facts About TMJ Malfunction
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the cranium. This joint is engaged every time we speak, eat, and even yawn. When this joint is overworked or if patients clench their jaws in times of stress, painful symptoms can develop. In severe cases, a person may not be able to open his or her mouth without difficulty or discomfort.
Strain or stress to the TMJ can also occur when the lower and upper jaws are improperly aligned, teeth are significantly worn down, or if trauma to the face has occurred. Speaking with your dentist about your symptoms can help pinpoint the underlying cause of TMJ malfunction.
Custom Mouthguards for TMJ Disorders
One method for treating TMJ disorders is with custom mouthguards. This non-surgical treatment option involves patients sleeping with an oral appliance that relieves stress on the TMJ.
Many patients with TMJ disorders tend to grind and clench their teeth in their sleep. Wearing a mouthguard will relieve pressure and strain on the TMJ. With continued use, most patients will see an improvement in their oral function.
Stress Reduction Techniques
Stress reduction can make quite a difference for those whose TMJ disorders are stress related. Reducing stress can involve adopting a workout regimen, practicing meditation or mindfulness, and avoiding triggering situations that cause tension. Facial massage can also help alleviate discomfort.
Symptom Management Tips
Altering the way you eat can also provide temporary relief. We recommend taking smaller bites of food during meals and avoiding anything chewy. If you chew gum, consider switching to sugar-free breath mints.
If you’re struggling with symptoms of TMJ disorders, call our practice to set up a consultation with our dentist.