If you suffer from constant headaches, pain in the jaw and neck, or awkward clicking and popping sounds when you eat; then you may be suffering from Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder, also called TMD, is a progressively common and deteriorating condition. TMD can cause persistent migraines and severe jaw pain, which may significantly affect your overall quality of life. TMD requires treatment and won’t go away on its own. But no one type of procedure can resolve TMD completely, and treatment takes time before it takes effect.
What Are the Symptoms of TMD?
If you have been experiencing any combination of the following symptoms, you should seek TMD therapy immediately:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jawbone area, neck, shoulders, or around the ear when you speak, chew, or open your mouth
- Swelling on one side of your face.
- You find it challenging to chew your food.
- An improper bite due to the upper and lower teeth not able to fit together correctly.
- The jaws get locked in the open or closed position.
- Difficulty in opening your mouth wide open.
- Clicking or popping noises when you eat.
What Therapies Can Help Treat TMD?
There are various treatment options available that doctors can use to improve the alignment and function of your jaw. Once a diagnosis of TMD is confirmed, the doctors will decide on the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with self-care combined with professional care. Some of the most standard therapies to treat TMD include the following:
Physical therapy can help treat TMD. Procedures will include ultrasound and moist heat and ice packs to relieve the pain. A physical therapist will teach you a set of exercises that will help to strengthen the jaw muscles and maintain a good posture.
Oral appliances help treat bruxism, a condition that makes you grind or clench your teeth, especially during sleep. If your bite is improper, this too can cause TMJ pain, and your dentist can help you address this problem as well.
Counseling might be helpful wherein you can discuss certain harmful behaviors such as biting your fingernails or grinding your teeth that are worsening your TMJ pain. When you get professional help, you could discover why you are doing them and how they can be stopped. Most often, this is all that may be required to stop your TMJ pain.
Call us at phone number (303) 9735280 or schedule an online appointment. Email us at [email protected] to know more about TMD treatment.