A dull ache around the temples, discomfort when biting down, and clicking in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw can impact your quality of life. Often given the blanket term of TMJ disorder, these symptoms can often be improved with minor lifestyle changes.
The first step is to have your TMJ disorder professionally diagnosed at [practice_name]. Dr. [doctor_name] can help you identify some of the underlying factors causing your issues while diagnosing the severity and helping you understand measures to alleviate your symptoms.
Sometimes simple things like eating softer foods, applying ice packs to the area, and performing some basic jaw stretching exercises can make a significant difference. This might also include taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
At the same time, grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can also lead to TMJ distress or it or could heighten existing symptoms. In a situation like this, Dr. [doctor_name] might recommend wearing a dental guard when you go to bed at night.
If your symptoms don’t show significant improvement in a few weeks, Dr. [doctor_name] might advocate more advanced treatment strategies. This might involve taking prescription anti-inflammatory medication or using prescription muscle relaxers.
Should you still suffer from TMJ disorder symptoms, Dr. [doctor_name] might present you with more invasive treatments. This might include things like acupuncture, the use of a stabilization splint or surgical intervention.
If you live in the [city], [state], area and you are experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms, you should call [phone] to seek diagnosis and treatment at [practice_name].