Holiday Dentistry: TMJs

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If you have ever suffered any pain in your jaw muscle, it is important to remember that it may be caused by an underlying condition such as a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints are joints and muscles located in your jaw designed to move your mouth as intended. However, they are extremely complex and can easily be damaged by numerous causes including bruxism, arthritis, bad habits, and dislocations. Fortunately, they can be treated.

If you have a TMJ disorder, it is important to alleviate the pain associated with it. Heat packs are generally helpful for excessive pain, and ice packs are helpful for inflammation. Make sure to adjust your diet as necessary to avoid extremely tough or chewy foods that can potentially make the condition worse. Further techniques include exercises to strengthen your jaws and focusing on deep meditation techniques such as yoga and biofeedback.

Because pressure relief is an important solution for treating TMJ disorder, an oral appliance such as a night guard or bite plate may be necessary. If you have more questions about night guards and bite plates, speak with your dentist.

Now is the best time to visit the dentist office of Meyer Dentistry for a TMJ disorder treatment. Dr. James Meyer and our team at our office in Greenville, South Carolina, is here to ensure you receive the oral health care to keep your smile in peak condition. We can be reached by calling us at 864-213-4442.