TMJ also known as temporomandibular joint, it connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes TMJ. Some of the symptoms of TMJ are: swelling of the side of your face, pain and tenderness of the jaw, and clicking or popping sounds when you chew. If you have any of these symptoms here are ways you can treat TMJ.
One way to decrease pain is through physical therapy, your therapist will instruct you with exercises that can diminish stiffness by making your jaw muscles stronger. Some people prefer this option because if diagnosed correctly, insurance will cover the procedure.
One cause of tmj is stress, we tend to manifest our stress physically within our bodies so the grinding of teeth can potentially cause tmj or worsen your symptoms. If this is the case for you, perhaps a stress management counselor can be an option to release any worry or anxiety you may be having.
A mouth guard, also called a “splint”, can be used if your tmj acts up while you’re sleeping. The splint is usually made out of acrylic and it helps prevent the grinding of your teeth.
If you prefer something quicker and a little stronger than physical therapy, you can discuss with your primary doctor if muscle relaxers are suitable for you based on your health history. Muscle relaxers are a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory that need a prescription in order to attain and use.
Botox not only can be used for cosmetic reasons but it is now being considered an appropriate medical treatment for tmj (temporomandibular joint) which is located in your jaw. In today’s blog we are going to discuss some tips on how you can reduce your pain and discomfort of tmj.
TMJ can intervene with your everyday life, and if physical therapy or mouth guards are too long of a commitmet and you’re looking for something more effective and quick, stop by our clinic today! We can determine with a consultation if botox treatment can help relieve your TMJ!