Several disorders are considered TMJ disorders, including problems with the muscles that control the movements of the jaw, joint abnormalities or injuries, and pain in the joint or face near the joint. Being diagnosed with TMJ can be a scary experience. The right treatment can make a big difference. Our TOaks TMJ treatment expert offers personalized care designed to support a healthy recovery from TMJ disorders.
If our expert in TMJ treatment in TOaks determines that you have TMJ disorder, you may benefit from a variety of treatment options, which can include:
1. Conservative care
Rest is often a priority with conservative at-home care. Eat a soft diet and cut foods into small pieces when possible. Try to avoid foods that are thick, large, crunchy, hard, or chewy, which all require you to work your jaw more. Do not chew gum. Use ice packs to soothe pain and moist heat to relax tight muscles. Gentle stretches and exercises can also be helpful for many.
Our TOaks TMJ treatment expert may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications. Taking these as advised can be helpful. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can ease pain, swelling, and inflammation while muscle relaxers loosen tight muscles. Antidepressants and antianxiety medications may be helpful for some patients.
3. Dental treatment
Patients who have dental problems that are causing or contributing to their symptoms will need to address these issues. This could include using a night guard to treat bruxism or having orthodontic treatment to correct a malocclusion. Arthrocentesis can irrigate the joint and flush out debris from an injury and byproducts of inflammation. Rarely, surgery may be needed and is most commonly associated with specific injuries or deformities.
If you have TMJ symptoms, you may need a complete evaluation for an accurate diagnosis. Symptoms can include earaches, headaches, tenderness in the jaw, facial swelling, pain or numbness in the face or jaw, and clicking, popping, or grating in the jaw or ear. Treatment can alleviate your symptoms and can help keep your jaw healthy. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our expert in TMJ treatment in TOaks.