Effective, Low-Cost Treatments for TMJ in Michigan
TMJ conditions affect roughly 15% of all Americans, according to the ADA.
TMJ, temporomandibular joints, allow you to open and close your mouth, and they control your lower jaw and the ability to move it forward, backward and side to side.
Each TMJ consists of a ball, a socket and a disc between them that cushions the movement. Any condition that prevents this movement can result in a painful TMJ disorder.
Some common causes of TMJ disorder include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Improper teeth or jaw alignment
Your Dentist Can Properly Identify and Diagnose TMJ Disorders
As part of your regular exam, dentists at Southfield Family Dental Center will perform a simple TMJ check. They will observe whether your joints are experiencing tenderness or swelling, if you have difficulty moving your mouth, and they will listen for popping. If any of these issues are identified, your doctor may recommend: fixing an uneven bite by reshaping or adjusting teeth; moving teeth with orthodontics; or using a bite guard at night to prevent grinding.
Holistic Techniques To Relieve Pain Caused by TMJ
If you are experiencing jaw pain caused by a TMJ disorder, you can try these to help relieve the pain:
- Eat softer foods
- Avoid chewing gum or ice, or biting nails
- Use heat packs or ice packs
- Practice meditation or relaxation techniques
If you are experiencing jaw pain, call Southfield Family Dental Center at (248) 234-9987 and schedule an appointment to speak to one of our experienced dentists. We have been helping people suffering from TMJ and other jaw pain since 1988.