The temporomandibular joint is a pain in the jaw joint that can cause various medical issues. The joints connect the lower jaw which is called mandible to the temporal bone of the skull present in front of the ear. According to the latest research of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial, TMJ syndrome has still affected about 10 million Americans. A TMJ disorder is most common in women as compared to men.
If you’re suffering in TMJ disorder, consult with Dr. Tran who is the best TMJ specialist. In this article, we gonna tell you some therapies that will give you immediate relief from this pain. But first, we will discuss symptoms and causes of TMJ syndrome so you can better understand about it.
The common symptoms of TMJ syndrome are:
- Neck ache
- Ear pain
- Facial pain
- Popping or click sound
It usually occurs due to inflamed and painful chewing muscles around the jaw. The main causes of this chronic syndrome are linked to stress, fracture, an imperfect bite, grinding or clenching of teeth, or maybe wear and tear due to aging or poor oral habit.
In some cases, TMJ disorder goes away without treatment, but if the problem persists, TMJ specialists may recommend a variety of treatment options. Our dentist often recommends more than one option at the same time.
Along with non-surgical treatment, sometimes medication options provide enough relief in the pain of TMJ syndrome:
Pain reliever and anti-inflammatories:
In TMJ pain, your dentist may recommend stronger pain reliever for long pain relievers for a short period of time, i.e. ibuprofen
Amitriptyline is mostly used for depression, but in low doses, it is also used for pain relief, sleeplessness, and bruxism control.
The dentist often recommends muscles relaxants drugs for a few days or week to relief pain of TMJ disorder created by muscle spasm.
Here are three specific therapies that will give you relief from TMJ pain.
Oral splints or Mouth Guards:
Often people with jaw pain wear soft or firm device inserted over the teeth to relief TMJ disorder pain.
Physical Therapy is recommended for anyone who recurrent chronic TMJ syndrome, to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles treatment might include ultrasound, moist heat, and ice. Physical therapy can resist joint mobility, increase muscle strength, and relieve pain.
Education and counseling are necessary for TMJ disorder patients to understand the factors and behavior that may aggravate your pain.
For the treatment of TMJ, surgery is not considered as the first choice. Arthrocentesis entails the use of a needle to clean and irrigate joint to remove debris and inflammatory byproducts. Arthroscopy Surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, done when there is suspicion of an internal problem with the TMJ. It may require anesthesia and has a high success rate in resolving pain.
Home Remedies for Relief of Pain
- Apply warm compresses two times daily over the jaw, temples, and neck region for 10 to 12 minutes but only used it as a preventive measure for a week rather than doing when pain is unbearable.
- Deficiency of Magnesium may cause muscle tension and spasms in the jaw that may lead to TMJ pain. Magnesium rich food sources, such as spinach, Chard, pumpkin, yogurt, Almond, black bean, avocado, dark chocolate, and bananas play an imperative role to reduce TMJ pain.
- Take a soft diet for 5 to 7 days to help symptoms of TMJ. Because soft diet requires less force within the joint structure. Take a scrambled egg, mashed potatoes, soup, cooked vegetables, apple-sauce, and pasta.
- Gentle messaging of the jaw and temple muscles in a circular motion is beneficial for the relief of TMJ pain. Opening and closing jaw help you in stretching and massaging of the jaw muscles fibers.
- Deep breathing, yoga, and exercise are also the most beneficial home remedies to reduce heart rate, blood pressure, and it is helpful to relax the muscles of the whole body.
TMJ pain is systematic if you notice sore and stiff muscles and gums too long than consult with our best dentists as soon as possible for TMJ treatment.