What is TMJ?
A number of people suffer from temporomandibular joint syndrome or TMJ. TMJ causes jaw muscles and nerves to flare up and have intense pain, sometimes making it impossible for an individual to open and close their jaw properly. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. Individuals suffering from TMJ normally experience problems with chewing and can hear noises when chewing including popping and clicking. Swelling on the sides of the faces, headaches, and nerve inflammation are other symptoms of TMJ.
TMJ Risk Factors
Are you at risk for TMJ? There are several risk factors that increase your chance of developing TMJ, including the following:
- Poor posture, leading to misalignment of the mouth when eating
- Stress or anxiety
- Chronic inflammatory conditions
- Jaw trauma
- Teeth grinding
There are several at-home remedies that can help to alleviate the pain associated with TMJ. Placing ice packs on the areas of the joint that are causing pain will assist to reduce swelling and pain. Avoid using chewing gum and soft foods that require you to chew for a long period time. Focus on reducing your stress level, especially if you commonly grind your teeth.
Based on the severity of your condition, common TMJ treatment methods include using a dental splint. A dental splint is a small dental appliance that is placed in the mouth to reduce teeth grinding. Massage therapy is another option to help reduce problems with TMJ. If you are suffering from TMJ, we can help! If you’re experiencing uncomfortable popping and clicking in your jaw, or if you have jaw pain, please call our office today at 801-546-2636. All Smiles Dental will provide long-term treatment methods to improve problems with TMJ.
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