Temporomandibular joint disorder is a very common condition, affecting over 3 million people each year. This can cause pain or a popping sound in the jaw that impacts individuals in various ways. Fortunately, La Cantera Dental Group offers TMJ-TMD therapy to help relieve you from the discomfort of this condition.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a condition where the temporomandibular joint is impacted and causes pain when you try to move your jaw. These joints connect your jawbone to the skull and act as a sliding hinge. Certain factors like bruxism or an injury can affect a person’s TMJ and cause chronic facial pain.
Some of the common symptoms of TMD include:
- Difficultly chewing
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Tenderness in your jaw
- Aching in the ear
What Does TMD Therapy Involve?
For those with chronic TMD, therapy can help you manage your pain. It can look different for everyone, but traditionally, it involves certain exercises that help stretch and strengthen the jaw. Some people might also benefit from learning what triggers their TMD symptoms and how to avoid them. Patients can also benefit from wearing occlusal appliances.
If other methods are not helping, surgery could be an option.
Other Ways Manage TMD
You can do many things at home to help manage your TMD if symptoms aren’t too severe. You’re always welcome to come to our office if you don’t notice any improvement or if the pain worsens.
Here are some things you can do at home to manage your TMD:
- Over the counter medications
- Heat or cold packs
- Eat softer foods
Do You Need TMJ-TMD Therapy?
Are you ready to address your TMD once and for all? Call La Cantera Dental Group today if you have any questions about how TMJ-TMD therapy can help you.