Your Waldorf dentist offers a variety of treatment options to ease TMJ symptoms.
If you are suffering from TMJ then you are probably looking for some relief from your symptoms. Your Waldorf dentist at Vibrant Smiles Dental explains how to properly treat TMJ, and which treatment might be right for you.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, affects the muscles and joints of the jaw causing pain and limited movement of the jaw.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Those with TMJ may experience any of these symptoms:
- Pain or soreness in the jaw or facial area
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Experiencing a locked jaw when trying to open or close your mouth
- Hearing a clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth
Other patients also experience headaches, toothaches, dizziness, shoulder pain and earaches. If you are noticing any of these symptoms than you could have TMJ.
What medications are used to treat TMJ?
There are several different kinds of medications that your Waldorf dentist may recommend for treating your TMJ symptoms:
OTC pain medications: While over-the-counter pain relievers are often good enough to reduce minor to moderate forms of pain and discomfort, for those suffering from more severe pain may need a prescription pain medication to alleviate symptoms.
Antidepressants: Tricyclic antidepressants are just to help with depression; they can also be used to relieve jaw pain.
Muscle relaxants: Your Waldorf dentist may prescribe a muscle relaxer for up to a few weeks to help reduce your TMJ pain.
If you also clench your teeth at night your Waldorf dentist may recommend the use of a prescription sedative to help relax your muscles as you sleep.
What are the different types of TMJ-related therapies?
For patients who don’t find enough relief through medication, or for those who do not want to deal with the potential side effects that come with taking medication, there are other treatment options available:
Bite guards: If you are experiencing jaw pain then your Waldorf dentist may recommend wearing a bite guard, a soft appliance that fits over your teeth to help prevent pain related to grinding or clenching your jaw.
Physical therapy: Learning different stretching and strengthening exercises for your jaw muscles can go a long way to reduce stiffness and other uncomfortable TMJ symptoms.
What is the next step if conservative treatments don’t work?
These treatment options are only recommended if other conservative methods haven’t worked. These treatments include corticosteroid injections to reduce pain and swelling, and even surgery to correct the jaw.
If you want to find out which TMJ treatment is going to be best for treating your symptoms then it’s time to talk to your Waldorf dentist for relief. Let Vibrant Smiles Dental help you get a pain-free and happy smile.