Closeup of a blue gloved finger using a yellow pen to point to the TMJ on the jaw joint of a fake skull

How to Help TMJ Disorder

September 27, 2022 3:00 am

Your TMJ is the temporomandibular joint on both sides of your face in front of your ears. These joints connect your jaw to your skull, are needed for chewing, speaking, and swallowing. Any problem affecting these two joints is considered a TMJ disorder. Researchers estimate that around 10 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ dysfunction! Are you one of these people? You can find relief from your TMJ symptoms at the dentist’s office!

Can TMJ Dysfunction be cured?

TMD refers to a cluster of TMJ disorders, some of which have causes that can’t be cured, such as arthritis. However, many people can effectively manage and end their TMJ symptoms when they’re caused by issues like stress or teeth grinding.

How do you know if you have TMJ?

TMJ disorders can be associated with several issues. If you are experiencing these warning signs, we recommend you consult with your dentist and your primary care provider:

  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Difficulty opening your mouth or chewing
  • Headaches
  • Jaw soreness and tenderness
  • Ringing in your ear
  • Aching pain around your ear

Treatment for TMJ Issues at Lynn Lane Family Dentistry in Broken Arrow, OK

TMJ disorders are uncomfortable and often painful. Fortunately, there are non-invasive treatments that can make a big difference! As part of our comprehensive dental services, we offer custom orthotics to relieve strain and help your jaw and facial muscles relax.

If you struggle with teeth grinding, you may already wear a traditional nightguard. A nightguard protects your teeth from grinding damage, but it doesn’t keep your jaw muscles from moving and experiencing strain. An orthotic will help your jaw muscles stay in a comfortable, relaxed position.

If you have any questions about TMJ dysfunction or want to schedule a consultation with our team at Lynn Lane Family Dentistry, please reach out to us today!

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