Get Chronic Pain Relief with TMJ Therapy
Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMD, is a condition resulting from injury or trauma to the jaw, to the joints surrounding the jaw, or the temporomandibular joint itself. TMD my also be caused by excessive clenching and grinding of the teeth, which increases the amount of pressure placed on the jaw joints. People who have this condition need to see a TMD dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment to relieve the associated pain.
When you come to Celebration Family Dental for the treatment of TMD, we will carefully examine your mouth for signs of the condition in order to make sure that your symptoms are not the result of any other health problems.
Once the occurrence of TMD has been confirmed, we will explore the best treatment options for you. Some minor cases can be treated at home by applying an icepack to the area and by stretching the jaw with exercises designed to increase the flexibility and mobility of the jaw joints. For maximum benefit, the exercise should be done two to three times a day. If you are suffering from a more severe case of TMD, there are a number of treatments that can give you permanent relief from the the condition. One option is laser therapy. Laser therapy can increase the range of motion in the jaw and prevent pain and swelling.
Getting restorative dental work to replace missing teeth and straighten any jaw misalignments can work wonders in improving this condition as well. Since it is often caused by extra stress on the jaw, reducing the strain and pressure can often lead to complete relief.
To help make it easier for you to live with TMD until it gets better, you should eat smaller sized foods. Avoid eating hard foods or foods that require you to flex your mouth into a wide position. Anti-inflammatory pain killer can be used to get relief from pain.