Description: There are preventive measures and treatment strategies for TMJ disorder.
Did you wake up feeling uncomfortable in the jaw area? Is your jaw thrusting when you talk, painful when chewing, or clicking/popping? Are you suffering from regular headaches, locked jaw, or ear pain? Do you bite unevenly? If you answer in the affirmative to some or all of these, there is a great possibility that you are suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
TMJ disorder is a syndrome, a chronic or acute inflammation of the TMJ, which facilitates a link between the lower jaw and the skull. The condition should not be neglected because it could cause possible impairment. It could never be set aside, though, because the pain and discomfort will be enough to prompt you to find necessary treatment and action.
There is a need to visit a neuromuscular dentist once the pain gets severe. TMJ disorder is usually not as serious as people might fear it to be, but the pain can be excruciating. Affected people could find difficulty in speaking and in eating. Visit the specialist doctor once the jaw locks in specific positions, and if the jaw problems occur continuously for about two weeks or more. You should seek medical assistance at once following a jaw injury and if you observe the fit of your teeth changes when closing the mouth or biting.
There are several measures for prevention and treatment of TMJ disorder. For prevention, avoid biting nails and chewing gum, or other hard food, once the pain in the jaw area starts to manifest. No matter how busy you are or how able you are in multi-tasking, strive not to cradle the telephone receiver in between your jaw and your shoulder. Do not open your mouth too wide, especially when yawning or when eating. Maintaining good posture is also a sure way in keeping natural alignment of facial bones and muscles.
To treat TMJ disorder, visit the neuromuscular dentist, as mentioned. Aside from that, you may embark on several home remedies. First, put an ice pack on the affected jaw joint for about 8 minutes, thrice a day. While doing this, gently open and then close the mouth. If there is swollenness, double the daily frequency to six times a day. The second procedure is to apply moist heat to the affected jaw muscle thrice a day. Alternate with the preceding cold pack treatment procedure.
There may also be a need to take in pain relievers and depressants. The idea is to eliminate pain and at the same time conduce relaxation. Stress should be curtailed as it has been found that it can be a great contributory factor to TMJ disorder. Thus, to prevent and to treat TMJ condition, utilize several stress relief activities like deep breathing, meditation, yoga and muscle relaxation.
The last resort will be surgery. Most TMJ disorders are corrected and treated without surgical operations. However, if you are impatient and can no longer stand the pain and discomfort, set an appointment to have it surgically aligned at once.