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Pain Management Techniques For TMJ Problems

Pain Management Techniques For TMJ Problems

Every movement in your body is permanently controlled by various joints and muscles that work in perfect coordination, assisting you move effortlessly. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are two such joints that attach your bone in the oral cavity to your head. These hinge-like joints help you talk and chew your meals. While most people never think twice about them in their whole life, quite a few tend to suffer from TMJ problems leading to painful chewing, pain in the ear, jaw, face, neck, and whole face.

TMJ problems occurred because of different reasons. The common causes for this ailment are arthritis, overuse of the jaw, wound, and inflammation. People who suffer from TMJ disorders find it hard to carry on with their daily routines and often grind and clench their teeth even without realizing, which in turn lead to dental can wear and toothaches.

Before you start worrying about the condition, here are some tips to help you manage your TMJ problems effectively.

Switch to softer foods

One of the simplest things you can do to ease your TMJ pain is switching to softer foods. Food items that don’t require you to bite and chew down hard will give your jaws enough rest to recover from the pain. A soft diet doesn’t necessarily mean liquid food items. You can easily munch on steamed, mashed, or finely chopped vegetables, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, soft meat like fish or chicken, etc. However, make sure that you stay away from harder meats, chewy sweets, and crunchy snacks during this period.

Take a good break

If your TMJ problems are mild, getting enough rest for your jaws is more than enough to relieve the pain and get you back on track with your day to day activities. This is why our dental experts recommend taking a break from all activities that make you move your jaw too much. Other than switching to a soft diet, restricting the movement of the jaw is advisable as well. Try talking less and limit opening your oral cavity wide. While brushing your teeth or yawning, support your lower jaw with a hand to keep your jaw from locking. You can also try applying a warm towel to your jaw and neck for 15 -20 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day to relax the muscles and alleviate the pain.

Recommended exercises

Most TMJ treatments and pain management methods end with recommendations for jaw exercises. Once the pain has subsided, you can start gentle jaw exercises that will enhance relaxation in the joints and muscles and boost your overall jaw movement. Jaw strengthening, stretching, and relaxing exercises will gently coax your temporomandibular joints to work better.

Get expert help

If you notice that your pain keeps recurring or your TMJ problems are getting more severe, it is recommended to get medical help at the earliest. Our dental surgeon can suggest the best-suited TMJ treatment for you, which may include oral medications, injections, and exercises. In extreme cases, our dental surgeon may also suggest a surgical correction of your jaw, which will help ease the pain and help your jaws move easily and effortlessly. Our dental surgeon may also advise a customized nightguard to help the jaw muscles relax while you are sleeping.

In most cases, TMJ problems are manageable with general lifestyle changes and exercises. If you are looking for expert advice, visit our specialists Dr. Philippe Chanavaz (Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon) or Pr Pierre Bouletreau (Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon) today at The Dome MedDental Clinic DMCC, who will recommend the best course of TMJ treatment in Dubai to alleviate your condition.

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