There are a lot of things you may do that cause your own TMJ pain. This causes not only problems with your teeth, but with your jaw. By not addressing the TMJ pain that you're in, you're doing more harm than good.
It is important to speak with one of our professional dentists regarding treatment plans for the TMJ that you have, so that you're no longer in pain.
Things That Cause TMJ Pain
These things are things many people do, they might not even notice that they're doing it, when it comes to TMJ pain.
Grinding your teeth, whether awake or at night causes more pain in the jaw
Clenching the teeth tightly causes further pain in the jaw
Arthritis can cause the person to tighten their jaw
Stress is a common factor when tightening or clenching the jaw
Poor posture can lead to TMJ, which is a big issue that many do not realize
Chewing gum causes TMJ in some
Treatment for TMJ
When your jaw is hurting, the only way to relieve the pain is to fix the issue. Some common treatments that can be done at home are as follows:
Moist warm heat to the sore, painful areas
Soft diet consisting of easy to chew food
Exercises with the jaw to loosen it up
Relaxing your facial muscles to reduce the clenching
Sleeping on your side reduces the tension your jaw is under
Speak with a dentist here at our office regarding TMJ pain that you're experiencing. We can look into the issue further and help you with a treatment plan that works. We provide all of our patients with the best care so that they can have great, comfortable oral hygiene when it is needed the most.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (602) 842-4864 today.
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