When you have a toothache, every movement, thought, sound, even touch, is overshadowed by throbbing pain of a toothache. You can get Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen to help ease the pain until you see your dentist. Do you have jaw pain and grind or clench your teeth? Have you been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder and want to know what it is and how to manage the pain or discomfort associated with it? Learn more about TMJ and what you can do if you are one of the millions of people who have TMJ problems by seeing your dentist.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves caused by injury to the joint between the jawbone to the skull. The injured joint leads to pain with chewing, clicking, and popping of the jaw; swelling on the sides of the face; nerve inflammation; headaches; tooth grinding; Eustachian tube dysfunction; and sometimes dislocation of the temporomandibular joint. Temporomandibular joint syndrome is also known as the temporomandibular joint disorder.
Many symptoms of TMJ syndrome can respond well to home remedies or stress reduction and relaxation techniques. Using ice or cold packs to the area of the joint or taking ibuprofen or naproxen can help relieve some pain as well as eating soft foods and avoiding chewing gum.
When home remedies are not effective, medical treatment options may be necessary. The most common device is a dental splint (occlusal splint or stabilization splint or bite guard), which is a dental appliance placed in the mouth that keeps the teeth in alignment and prevents tooth grinding. This is usually prescribed and fitted by a trained dentist. Physical therapy with jaw exercises can strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and range of motion.
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