Help for Patients With TMJ

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As anyone who has TMJ can tell you, it is a disorder that can affect your entire life. For many, TMJ means constant pain and headaches. There are some things you can do if you suffer from TMJ, ranging from home remedies to relieve the pain to TMJ treatment at your dentist’s office.

What is TMJ?

The term “TMJ” is commonly used to describe disorders in the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects the skull and the jaw. This joint is in use quite often, and any problems with this joint also come with a lot of pain.

This pain can include tenderness in your jaw, neck, and shoulders; pain in the jaw; and pain in the ears or feeling like the ears are stuffed up. You may also notice a clicking sound coming from the joint when you close and open your mouth, and you may feel like your top and bottom teeth don’t quite fit together as they should when you close your mouth.

TMJ can be caused by an injury to the jaw, but it can also result from years of teeth grinding. It might also be caused by arthritis or a connective tissue disease, or it can be the result of missing teeth, which can bring the upper and bottom teeth out of alignment, which causes stress on the joint and facial muscles.

What will help my TMJ?

There are some things you can do at home to help the pain, such as ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers (however, you should speak with your doctor if you find yourself taking these medications all the time, as this can negatively affect your health). You can also try heat or ice for the pain. And, avoid chewy foods that make TMJ worse, such as bagels.

If your pain persists, your dentist can help. Orthodontic treatment, full mouth restoration, or the K7 system are all options that may help your TMJ. To find a treatment that is right for you, contact Arlington Dental Aesthetics or South Riding Smiles today! Call the Arlington office at (703) 214-3183 or the South Riding office at (703) 214-3185.

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