De-Mystifying TMJ

  • Posted on: Sep 30 2015
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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder – big words that sound a bit scary. They define annoying jaw pain and popping – discomforts that you may find difficult to ignore. TMJ is caused by improper alignment of the jaw which can result in jaw pain and other discomforts. If you suffer from it, you are not alone. TMJ is a common condition suffered by millions of Americans.

Your jaw is composed of specialized joints which are responsible for ease of movement and strength. These joints help you talk, eat, yawn and open and close your mouth.
TMJ makes these simple jaw movements painful and annoying.

TMJTMJ may be temporary and its symptoms may resolve on their own or with some tender loving DIY care. But if those simple treatments don’t help and TMJ is causing chronic pain, it may need to be addressed professionally.

Want to know more? Read on.

Along with jaw pain, popping and stiffness, you may experience dizziness, have headaches, neck and shoulder pain, eye discomfort, ringing in your ears, jaw locking or other types of pain and numbness. In extreme cases, people with TJM can barely move their jaw. However, these symptoms, even in combination, may not mean you have TMJ.

At Wylie Dental Care, we can evaluate your symptoms and suggest the best treatment options for you. Depending on the results of your evaluation, we may refer you to a surgeon or another dentist or orthodontist.

Whether you have just a bit of popping or a lot of pain, you may find relief with home care:

  • Perform relaxation exercises to help eliminate jaw clenching
  • Avoid hard-to-chew or crunchy foods
  • Avoid biting your nails
  • Stretch your jaw, neck and shoulders often
  • Apply heat packs
  • Wear a mouth guard at night to stop teeth grinding
  • Take anti-inflammatory painkillers or stronger, prescription medication if needed

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research advises “less is more” when treating TMJ. But if simple measures don’t make a difference in your symptoms, Dr. Wylie can recommend a more involved treatment plan. Call for a consultation, today (304) 845-2480.

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