If you suffer from TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder, you might be wondering how you can treat it. Our staff is going to give you some treatment options that are practiced by many who have TMJ disorder.
Taking over-the-counter medications can help relieve any muscle pain or swelling you are experiencing. Consider applying an ice pack to the side of your face for 10 minutes, stretching your jaw and following with a warm towel for about 5 minutes.
Eating softer foods like mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, soup, fish or beans can reduced the amount of chewing you do. Avoid large, crunchy, hard or chewy foods that require you to chew longer or open your mouth wider.
Loosen your jaw by learning relaxation techniques. You may consider asking your dentist if a physical therapist or massage would be beneficial.
After visiting with your dentist, they may prescribe a high dose of pain medication if you need them for pain or swelling. They may also prescribe a muscle relaxer for your jaw if you tend to grind or clench your teeth often.
A splint or night guard can also be another effective way in treating TMD. Both of these treatments are mouthpieces made from plastic that fit over your top and bottom teeth, ensuring they are separated. The mouthpieces help lessen clenching or grinding and can be a great way of putting your teeth in a more correct position.
If treatments aren’t helping, you may want to consider surgery. If this is something you are considering, it may be a good idea to consult another dentist. Depending on the condition or problem, your dentist may recommend open-joint surgery, arthroscopy, or arthrocentesis.
Don’t let TMJ disorder rule your life, call our office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist by calling 757.222.3737.