Finding the best treatment for TMJ disorder in Centerville
Many teens and adults experience occasional tightness in their jaw. In most cases, it’s caused by overuse or stress. However, when it is painful, or if it’s consistent for more than several days, it may be caused by inflammation of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). When the joint is dysfunctional, it can cause pain, a clicking sound, jaw lock, headaches, or ringing in the ears.
Many things can cause TMJ inflammation. For example, some people notice that clenching or grinding the teeth can cause discomfort because the joint is overworked. While this sounds like something that patients should be able to prevent, many clench their jaw or grind their teeth subconsciously, or even while sleeping.
If you live in the Centerville area and are experiencing pain in the jaw or any other symptoms, call Dr. Daniel Cobb of Alex Bell Dental. Dr. Cobb can help find the best treatment for TMJ disorder.
To treat TMJ disorder, Dr. Cobb needs to understand your symptoms and the cause. In some cases, the treatment may be to simply rest the jaw by eating soft foods, yawning carefully, and not overextending the mouth. Dr. Cobb may also suggest lifestyle changes such as avoiding foods that are hard to chew or looking for healthy ways to reduce your stress levels.
If your TMJ disorder is caused by grinding or clenching, an oral appliance worn while sleeping can help reduce flare ups. This non-surgical option uses an oral appliance like a sports mouth guard to protects the teeth from wear caused by grinding and relieve muscle tension in the mouth.
Patients can trust Dr. Cobb and the entire team at Alex Bell Dental to properly diagnose the triggers of their pain and determine the least invasive treatment plan. Call Alex Bell Dental today to schedule a consultation.
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