Treatment of TMJ disorder may be easier than you think in Centerville, OH
Many patients are familiar with the term “TMJ” but are not completely educated on the symptoms, causes, and treatment. Often patients believe that hearing a crack or popping noise when they open their jaw is normal or that if they suffer from TMJ, it can’t be treated. Dr. Daniel Cobb of Alex Bell Dental in Centerville, OH, have been helping their patients achieve relief from TMJ disorder for many years.
Could I have TMJ?
If you believe that you have TMJ, it’s important to visit a dentist for a complete evaluation and diagnosis. While TMJ is common, it shouldn’t interfere with your quality of life. Symptoms often include:
- A popping or clicking noise when you open or close the mouth
- Pain and stiffness when moving opening the mouth or chewing
- Pain in the jaw, across the face, head, or neck
- Headaches that are otherwise unexplainable
What causes TMJ disorder
With the exact cause of TJM disorder is not known, studies have shown that certain habits can exacerbate the condition. For example, grinding or clenching the teeth, chewing gum, or eating foods that are hard to chew. These activities can irritate the jaw as it causes increased tension.
Treatment for TMJ
In some cases, patients can eliminate certain activities, such as chewing gum, and will notice great improvement. However, other actions, such as grinding and clenching are often done subconsciously or while the person is sleeping. In these cases, a dentist may suggest relaxation techniques to ease the tension in the jaw, exercises to strengthen the jaw, and application of heat or cold compresses. When these treatments don’t work, the dentist can use an oral appliance to help prevent grinding and clenching or to reposition the jaw.
Don’t live with pain in the jaw, head, or neck; Dr. Cobb can help you eliminate the symptoms and find relief. To schedule an appointment at Alex Bell Dental call (937) 200 8300 today.
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