Having trouble with jaw pain? Dr. Boger, Dr. Madden, Dr. Scherweit, Dr. Betterman, Dr. Trapp, and Dr. Zaragoza might tell you it’s TMJ or TMJD. The entire Boger Dental team has been helping ease jaw pain in Plymouth for a long time. Keep reading to learn more about TMJ treatment options.
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, has a way of making itself known. You’ll notice symptoms right away! Some symptoms include a jaw that talks back with pain or tenderness. Or a clicking sound when you chew (sometimes with a side of pain). And difficulty opening or closing your mouth, which is sometimes called lockjaw. These symptoms seem insignificant. But they can become a huge problem if ignored!
What Causes TMJ?
TMJ is a bit of a mystery. But here are some usual suspects. Too much chewing can tire the joint, like chewing gum like a champ. Grinding your teeth at night is a no-no for TMJ. A bump or whack to the jaw can throw things off balance. And sometimes, stress makes us clench our jaws without even knowing it. Understanding the causes helps find the right remedies to send TMJ packing!
Why Treat TMJ?
Ignoring TMJ only makes it worse! Treating TMJ is essential because it’s more than a jaw thing. TMJ can lead to headaches and even affect your hearing. Untreated TMJ can make eating a chore rather than a pleasure. It can disrupt your sleep, turning sweet dreams into nightmares. Treating TMJ means getting back to smiling without any jaw-jabbering troubles. So, don’t let TMJ interrupt your life. Understanding it is the first step to showing it the door!
When TMJ comes knocking, it’s time to roll out the welcome mat for some friendly treatment options. There’s a way to show TMJ the door, no matter how insignificant it seems at the time. From home remedies to professional care, let’s explore the paths that lead to joyful jaws.
Soft Food Fiesta
When TMJ is acting up, it’s time to treat your jaw to a soft food fiesta. Think mashed potatoes, smoothies, and soups that won’t wear your jaw out. It’s like a vacation for your mouth, where chewing is optional. Giving the jaw a break from the daily grind allows it to rest and recover. So, whip up some soft delights and let your jaw enjoy the feast without the fuss.
Physical therapy for TMJ can get things moving smoothly. Gentle exercises and stretches guided by a professional can help strengthen the jaw muscles and increase flexibility. It’s like taking your jaw to a massage parlor and working out some strain. Regular sessions can turn that stiff, painful jaw into a smooth operator, ready to chew, talk, and smile without a hitch.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can ease the ache and make TMJ more manageable. It’s like having a handy tool in your medicine cabinet, ready to tackle jaw-jabbering troubles. Too much pain? Opt for medications like ibuprofen. They can help to reduce inflammation and provide temporary relief. Of course, it’s always wise to chat with our Boger Dental team to find the proper remedy for your situation. We’ll guide you to the right choice, ensuring that TMJ doesn’t get the best of you.
Mouth Guards To The Rescue
A custom-made mouthguard might be the ticket to a happy jaw. Think of it as a protective shield, keeping those teeth from grinding and clenching while you sleep. Our team can craft a mouthguard that fits like a glove, providing comfort and protection. It’s a nightly ritual that can turn the tide on TMJ, allowing you to wake up refreshed and ready to face the day, minus the jaw pain.
Tips for Home Care
Regarding TMJ, your home can be a haven for healing. You can turn everyday routines into jaw-saving magic with a sprinkle of care and a dash of diligence. Here’s how to roll out the red carpet for a jaw ready to relax and recover.
DIY Jaw Care
Your jaw works hard all day, so why not treat it to a spa day at home? Gentle massages with your fingertips can ease tension and promote relaxation. Just find that sore spot and apply gentle pressure in a circular motion. It’s like a sabbatical for your jaw right in your bathroom!
Heat therapy can also be a warm embrace for a tired jaw. A warm washcloth or heating pad can soothe the muscles and make them more flexible. Think of it as a cozy blanket for your jaw, perfect for those chilly days or nights.
Avoiding The TMJ Traps
TMJ has some sneaky traps, but you can outsmart them with some know-how. Avoid chewy or hard foods that make your jaw work over time. It’s akin to putting your jaw on a treadmill without a warm-up! Opt for soft, easy-to-chew options that let your jaw take it easy.
Be mindful of habits like nail-biting or pen-chewing. These little quirks might seem harmless, but they can be a workout for your jaw. Swap them for jaw-friendly practices, like deep breathing or a stress ball. Your jaw will thank you with a pain-free smile!
TMJ Treatment At Boger Dental
TMJ doesn’t have to be an unwelcome guest in your life in Plymouth. Boger Dental can help. Dr. Boger, Dr. Madden, Dr. Scherweit, Dr. Betterman, Dr. Trapp, and Dr. Zaragoza are all available for free consultations! Go here to schedule yours.