Caring for your TMJs is vital in the quest for a healthy smile. Your TMJs, also called your temporomandibular joints, are the joints in your jaw responsible for a variety of functions, including moving your mouth up and down and chewing food. Due to the amount of connective tissues, ligaments, and muscles involved, damage to a small part of the TMJ can spur an avalanche effect and bring your entire oral health worn with it.
Although TMJs are treatable, depending on the exact form of damage, a timetable of recovery will be up to your dentist to determine. For helpful pain relievers, heat packs can be used. If your jaw is swollen or inflamed, ice packs can help.
If you are in need of stress relievers, meditative techniques involving yoga, biofeedback, healthy eating, and calming music are all beneficial. For more advanced treatments, visit your dentist as soon as you can.
Be careful that your TMJ is not getting worse due to other underlying conditions such as bruxism, which is causing by grinding and gnashing your teeth while you sleep. Dr. Clell M. Morris at Forsyth Dental Center wants to ensure your smile shines no matter what condition it is in. If you are thinking about getting an oral examination, please contact our dentist office in Forsyth, Georgia, by calling us at (478) 994-0440 . Your smile is our business!