A lesser-known oral ailment that can befall your smile takes place not within your teeth or gums, but rather within your jaw. Within your jaw is a ball-and-socket joint known as the temporomandibular joint, also called the TMJ. Your TMJ is extremely important for moving your mouth in all manners as intended. However, due to the nature of the joints, it operates using numerous muscles, ligaments, tissue, and bone to operate as intended, and thus, can easily end up susceptible to damage in the form of a TMJ disorder.
Be sure to eat softer foods and wear any form of dental devices that may be useful, including night guards or bite plates. In addition, visit your dentist for an oral exam for additional treatments that may be needed.
Numerous causes of a TMJ disorder may have taken place, including bruxism, arthritis, or a change in the location of your jaw, all of which will need their own treatments. Furthermore, your dentist may prescribe for you exercises to help improve your jaw strength.
If a TMJ disorder exists, there are several treatments that can be used. To help alleviate pain that may arise, a heat pack may help. Furthermore, if you experience any inflammation of your jaw and facial area, use an ice pack or cold compress. Due to the likelihood that the TMJ disorder is linked to stress or teeth grinding, use meditative techniques such as yoga and calming music to help relax and diminish any jaw pressure that may be present.
When you are ready to visit the dentist office of Nasson Rodriguez in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a TMJ treatment, you can book an exam by calling us at 504-364-1333. Dr. Nasson Rodriguez and our entire team look forward to providing you with the TMJ care you need.