A temporomandibular joint, also called a TMJ, is a joint within your jaw that is primarily responsible for a variety of essential functions within your face, including the ability to open and close your mouth. A TMJ is a standard ball and socket joint with a myriad of connected parts that work like clockwork to allow your mouth to move in a variety of angles, which is especially important for chewing food. If a TMJ becomes damaged in any way a temporomandibular joint disorder forms, also known as a TMD. Listed below are some treatment tips for TMDs:
If you are experiencing a TMD, you can help alleviate pain and discomfort with heat and ice packs.
Because a TMD can be stress induced, stress-relievers such as meditation may help. Yoga, relaxing music, biofeedback techniques, and minor stretching can all help to alleviate pain and discomfort to your jaw.
A TMD could have been caused by another disorder, such as bruxism. Bruxism is the act of grinding and chewing teeth, often unconsciously. Bite guards and night plates can be used to treat bruxism.
Avoid anything that can place an additional amount of stress and wear on your teeth. This includes chewing gum, chewy foods, biting your nails, and chewing on ice.
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