TMJ Discomfort Doesn't Have To Hold You Back
Find out how to fight back against your TMJ-related pain.
If you experience persistent jaw pain and stiffness, it could be caused by TMJ (temporomandibular) disorder, a condition that affects the jaw joint and muscles. If your Framingham, MA dentist has diagnosed you with TMJ then the next step is to find a treatment plan that works for you. Find out the different TMJ treatments available and how they could alleviate your pain.
When it comes to treating your TMJ pain, less is more. Try more conservative measures at first and then continue to work you way to more aggressive ones if you aren’t finding the relief you need. Here are some ways reduce TMJ symptoms:
Apply heat: Using a heat pack wrapped in a towel can help to reduce pain and jaw stiffness. Never apply the heat pack directly to skin without first wrapping with a towel. Be careful when handling anything hot so you don’t burn yourself.
Change your diet: If you notice jaw pain, particularly after eating then it may be time to examine your diet. If you have a diet rich in hard or crunchy foods than you may want to adopt a new, softer diet that contains more yogurt, cheese, soft breads, and brown rice. Don’t try to stretch your mouth to extremes to eat foods like a whole apple or large sandwich. Cut the food into more manageable slices first. Also avoid chewing gum.
Over-the-counter remedies: If you are looking for a short-term solution to your pain and inflammation then over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can be a lifesaver from your symptoms. If your pain is so persistent and severe that OTC medications just aren’t cutting it, your Framingham, MA dentist can prescribe a stronger pain medication or muscle relaxant.
Stretching/Strengthening exercises: It might sound strange, but performing gentle jaw exercises can actually improve your jaw’s range-of-motion and stability. After your Framingham, MA dentist is able to evaluate your condition and the possible cause of your TMJ we will then be able to suggest the proper exercises to help reduce your symptoms.
If you don’t notice an improvement in your symptoms after trying these helpful hints then it’s time to see your Framingham, MA dentist for a different treatment plan. Call the office of Dr. James S. Cinamon and Dr. Paul J. Hubley today to schedule an appointment. Don’t let jaw pain take over your life.