Most Successful TMJ Treatments

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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease, is known to cause pain and discomfort in many different areas. While some patients are able to continue with their everyday lives with little problems, others find the disorder debilitating. Our TMJ doctor can create a treatment plan that will work for you, and eliminate any symptoms. The following are some of the most commonly successful TMJ treatments.

Stress relief

Stress can cause jaw clenching, which leads to inflammation in the jaw joints, a known trigger of TMJ. Patients often find their symptoms lessen when they avoid stressful situations and actively relax the jaw.

Stretches

Our TMJ doctor can recommend and demonstrate several stretches that will strengthen the jaw and minimize inflammation. These stretches can be done a few times a day, anywhere you are. You may also decide to attend physical therapy for extra help.

Pain relievers

As with most cases of pain, over-the-counter pain relievers prove to be successful in reducing the effects of the disorder. Our doctor can recommend a pain reliever that may work best for you.

If you believe you are suffering from TMJ, schedule an appointment with our office today.

TMJ and Nasal Congestion

 

0426Though TMJ is centered in the jaw joints, the effects of the disorder can reach far. Patients often report pain or discomfort in the head, neck, shoulders, teeth, and ears. These symptoms can often cause difficulty when diagnosing TMJ, as they can indicate other issues. For example, headaches can indicate an issue with vision, and pain in the teeth can obviously be due to poor dental health. Like these examples, patients sometimes come in with chronic nasal congestion.

TMJ can cause nasal congestion due to the fact that it is a common case of mechanisms of referral. This means that the site of the symptoms are not necessary the origin of the symptom. The muscles near the jaw joints in particular are responsible for transferring symptoms to the nasal area.

Tight, inflamed, and/or fatigued muscles are often caused by overuse or bruxism – chronic clenching or grinding of the jaw. Our expert will likely recommend some simple remedies for TMJ pain at first, such as applying warm compresses, stress reduction, and certain stretches. If these tactics do not work, mouth guards or splints, orthodontics, and physical therapy may help. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.

If you are suffering from sinus congestion without indication of any other cause, visit our TMJ expert today.