If you are a TMJD sufferer, it is likely that you have found several different ways to cope with the pain and other symptoms it causes. Many people with TMJD self-treat for their condition using over the counter pain relievers, ice packs, and may even resort to eating soft foods like eggs and soup to prevent a TMJD flare up. Although these treatments may bring some relief, it is only temporary. You don’t have to suffer- you can see Dr. Caracioni instead to relieve your TMJD pain and symptoms.
What is TMJD?
TMJD is a short abbreviation for the much longer medical name of temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJD is caused when the temporomandibular joints that are responsible for attaching the lower jaw to the skull become worn down. TMJD can also occur when the muscles of the head and neck become tense and sore when the jaw is out of alignment. TMJD symptoms include jaw pain, muscle spasms, popping, and can even cause the jaw to lock for some individuals. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that over 10 million Americans have the condition.
Common Treatments for TMJD
Pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, like NSAIDS, are common medications given to TMJD patients. Some TMJD patients also benefit from muscle relaxers to help relax the tight muscles of the jaw and neck. Since stress often contributes to TMJD, learning to relax can help relieve jaw tension caused by tightened muscles.
Exercise to Ease Pain the Pain of TMD
Some patients find that there are exercises they can do to reduce pain from TMJD, and are found to keep symptoms at bay. Varies exercises are meant to strengthen the muscles of the jaw, stretch out the muscles of the jaw, and help relax tense muscles. Most TMJD exercises involve a small amount of resistance placed on the jaw or chin while opening and closing the mouth. One strengthening exercise involves putting a thumb under your chin and gently pushing your jaw down against it.
A Dentist Can Treat Your TMJD
TMJD patients often find that self-care treatments, exercises, and other interventions only bring them temporary relief- which can be frustrating and painful. But there is another solution through dentistry. Dr. Caracioni treats TMJD patients through neuromuscular dentistry. After an initial consultation, patients go through a series of painless treatments that help to realign the jaw to its natural position. Once the jaw is moved into its intended spot, muscles loosen, and symptoms subside.
If you have TMJD or the symptoms of TMJD, call Dr. Caracioni today at 785.783.0741.