Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD) is pain that is experienced where the head and jaw connect on the lower jaw. This pain can be a result of stress, grinding/clenching, misaligned teeth, injury to the joint itself or arthritis. Along with soreness and severe pain, TMJ can cause problems with speech.
How to treat TMJ/TMD?
In select cases of TMJ/TMD the pain and soreness may subside over time. Other times treatment as listed below, may be necessary to alleviate discomfort.
- Try and relax your jaw, avoiding constant and/or extreme movements
- Alternate between the used of mild heat packs and ice packs
- Stick to a soft food diet
- Pain medication or a muscle relaxant may be prescribed
- A Custom fit Mouthguard/Nightguard may be indicated
Certain severe cases may require alternative treatment, including but not limited to surgery.