Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD, is a condition that affects the joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. It can cause pain, discomfort in the jaw, face, and neck, and difficulty chewing and speaking. Fortunately, Carthay TMJ treatment can help to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life.
Also, there are several home treatments that can help to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ. Here are home treatments that may be effective for managing TMJ:
1. Use ice or heat therapy
Applying ice or heat to the affected area can help reduce swelling and inflammation and alleviate pain and discomfort. To use ice therapy, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply it to the side of the face for 15-20 minutes at a time. For heat therapy, use a warm compress or heating pad on the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time.
2. Change your diet
Certain foods and drinks can exacerbate TMJ disorder symptoms, so it is important to pay attention to your diet. Avoiding chewy or tough foods, as well as foods that require a lot of biting and chewing, can help reduce strain on the jaw. It is also a good idea to avoid caffeine, as it can contribute to jaw muscle tension.
3. Gentle jaw exercises
Stretching and strengthening the jaw muscles can help improve the range of motion and reduce pain. One simple exercise is to place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth and slowly move your jaw up and down and side to side. Another option is to put your thumb under your chin and gently push your lower jaw forward and hold for a few seconds before releasing.
Massaging the facial, neck, and jaw muscles can help reduce tension and improve blood flow to the area. To perform a self-massage, gently use your fingertips to rub the muscles in a circular motion. You can also use a warm, damp washcloth to apply gentle pressure to the affected area.
5. Use over-the-counter pain medications
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can help to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Follow the instructions on the package for the recommended dosage, and be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any new medication.
6. Wear a bite guard
You can stop clenching or grinding your teeth by using a bite guard. Bite guards are often made of plastic and fit over your upper and lower teeth, preventing teeth from touching one another. There are many various types of bite guards available.
You should only wear your bite guard temporarily; your doctor or dentist will advise you on how often and for how long to wear them. If the bite guard bothers you more or changes the way you bite, stop wearing it right once and call your doctor.
If you are suffering from TMJ, finding a treatment plan that works for you is important. A combination of home treatments, lifestyle changes, and medical treatment can help to reduce pain and improve your quality of life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to try different approaches until you find something that works for you.
Call Smile Perfector Dental Group to book your appointment for TMJ treatment.