If for any reason you are suffering from jaw pain, it could be linked to an underlying condition with your temporomandibular joints. Your temporomandibular joints, also frequently referred to as TMJs, are ball-and-socket joints on both sides of your head that work in tandem to effectively allow your smile to move at all the angles that it does. However, several causes and oral health risks can cause damage to your TMJs, which are known as TMJ disorders.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, your mouth will be at an additional risk of several forms of dental damage. Thus, it is important to effectively treat a TMJ disorder as soon as possible. However, oftentimes caring for your jaw may not be enough as it could be linked to an underlying condition that requires treatment. If you are suffering from bruxism, which occurs when you grind your teeth at night, you will need to treat bruxism to help relieve additional stress and pressure from your jaw. Also, be aware that various habits in your life, including biting your nails or chewing on rough products can put additional strain on your jaw. If you are suffering from a dislocation or misalignment with your teeth or jaw, you may also be at an increased risk for TMJ disorder.
Treating a TMJ disorder includes using various mechanisms to help alleviate discomfort and other conditions associated with it. Heat packs can be used to minimize discomfort and ice packs to lower inflammation. Furthermore, visit your dentist for the application of a night guard or bite plate to alleviate pressure commonly seen with a TMJ disorder. If you wish to strengthen your jaw, jaw strengthening exercises can be implemented. A diet that involves softer foods can be helpful too. Also, be aware that meditative therapies such as yoga and calming music can help relieve stress associated with additional jaw pressure.
Do you feel confident in your knowledge about TMJ disorders? With TMJ treatments from Forsyth Dental Center, we can make sure you receive the oral health care you need. If you wish to schedule an appointment to visit us at our dental office in Forsyth, Georgia, Dr. Clell M. Morris and our team can be reached by calling us at 478-994-0440 .