Effective, Low-Cost Treatments for TMJ in Michigan
TMJ conditions affect roughly 15% of all Americans, according to the ADA.
TMJ (also called temporomandibular joints) are the joints and jaw muscles that allow you to open and close your mouth, and control your lower jaw and the ability to move it forward, backward and side to side.
Each TMJ consists of a ball and a socket, and a disc between them that cushions the movement. Any condition that prevents this movement from happening 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 dental check-up, the dentists at Southfield Family Dental Center perform a simple TMJ check, including checking the joints for tenderness and swelling, listening for popping, and observing any difficulty in moving. If any of the above issues are identified, some recommendations may include fixing an uneven bite by reshaping or adjusting some teeth, moving teeth with orthodontics, or in some cases, 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, there are some things you can do at home to help relieve the pain without using harmful medications:
- Eat softer foods.
- Avoid chewing gum, biting nails or chewing ice.
- Use heat packs or ice packs.
- Practice meditation or relaxation techniques to help relax your jaw.
If you are experiencing jaw pain, please 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.