Disorders of the TMJ or the temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head which is situated just in front of your ears) affect both men and women and can be quite a bother as it can hinder one from going about their daily activities of living. Here at our Denville dental practice, we get a lot of questions from patients asking about what’s causing their occasional headache, earache, popping jaw, and other typical symptoms of TMJ disorder.
For most people, the exact cause of their TMJ is unknown. However, the following conditions or circumstances have been linked to the following:
- jaw injury and dislocation
- improper bite or problems with jaw alignment
- tooth grinding
- chronic stress
The Simpler, the Better!
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends that treatment approach with TMJ should begin with the most simple methods possible and can evolve to complex ones once it has been proved that simpler approaches do not work.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following methods for the “less is better” treatment approach to TMJ:
- eating softer foods
- avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails
- modifying the pain with heat packs
- practicing relaxation techniques to control jaw tension, such as meditation or biofeedback.
If necessary for your symptoms, the following treatments are further recommended by ADA:
- exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles
- medications prescribed by your dentist; for example, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
- a night guard or bite plate to decrease clenching or grinding of teeth
To learn more about TMJ treatment in Mountain Lakes, Parsippany, Boonton, Denville, and the surrounding areas, get in touch with us today by calling us at 973.542.2742or by filling out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!