TMJ is short for Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, and it’s actually a lot more common than you might think. Maybe you or someone you know complains of this painful syndrome, but if you’re not sure if you do or don’t have it, in this article, we’ll be discussing a few of the symptoms associated with it, how to cope and treat, and when to finally seek help. At Schon Dental in Springfield, IL, we want to help you with your TMJ, or any other oral care problem.
Symptoms of TMJ Syndrome
The symptoms associated with TMJ are pretty straightforward. Its main symptom is excruciating pain. This pain, coupled with earaches, headaches, stiffness, muscle spasms, and locked jaw are all indicative of TMJ. You may also hear distinct sounds coming from your jaw bones when you chew or talk, also a sign of TMJ.
Coping with the Disorder
There is hope with this syndrome, as you can do a few things to ensure you experience less pain than is necessary. A few tips and tricks include:
Avoid chewing gum.
Avoid bites when eating.
Massage your facial muscles regularly.
Practice stress management, which can be a big culprit in TMJ.
- Modify the pain – Modifying the pain can mean resting your joints, taking anti-inflammatory medication, or applying moist heat to the affected areas.
- Practice relaxation techniques – Relaxation training, also known as biofeedback, may also help to manage your stress. If that is not enough, your dentist may recommend sleeping with a night guard.
- Fix poorly aligned teeth – Orthodontic treatment may be your best option to correct alignment.
When to Seek Help
If you’re experiencing a locked jaw, whether in an open or closed position, go to the emergency room immediately.
In any other case, consult your dentist to find healthy ways to cope and treat your TMJ. Call us at Schon Dental today for any oral health care needs!