By James Hutson, DDS, PC
June 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ Pain  
TMJ pain can be managed using one or more of these tips from your Marietta, Georgia dentist.

Do you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction? This disorder, often abbreviated to TMJ, causes pain in the jaw, neck and head,TMJ  which can interfere with your daily life. If you've recently been diagnosed, you likely have some questions about how to manage the discomfort associated with TMJ. Dr. James Hutson, a cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia, has some suggestions for soothing TMJ pain.

Heat and ice application

Moist heat, such as from a hot water bottle, can reduce pain and restore mobility to the jaw. Ice packs, when wrapped in a clean cloth, can also be applied to diminish pain and swelling. A word of caution from your Marietta cosmetic dentist, however: don't overheat the water and only keep ice packs on the area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

Stay away from certain foods

Trying to chew sticky foods like gum or taffy can cause your TMJ to flare up. The same goes for hard foods like candy and ice cubes. It's best to stay away from these items to avoid overworking your jaw muscles. Don't try to open your mouth wider than is comfortable when eating foods such as corn on the cob or apples. These should be cut up and eaten in small, manageable bites.

Relaxation equals relief

Clenching the jaw may be an inherent reaction for TMJ patients. However, Dr. Hutson recommends keeping the upper and lower teeth from gritting together by relaxing the facial muscles. Relaxation techniques, such as deep, controlled breathing and meditation, may help you release this tension. Many people dealing with TMJ have seen benefits from yoga and therapeutic massage.

Exercise your jaw

For extra relief, your Marietta cosmetic dentist Dr. Hutson may refer you to a physical therapist. At these appointments, you will learn how to practice exercises for your jaw. These exercises, when done consistently, can be very helpful in restoring mobility of the joint and promoting healing of the affected area.

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can also be helpful in reducing TMJ symptoms. These are intended for short-term use and should be monitored by a physician. If you're wondering if your jaw pain or headaches might be from TMJ, contact the office of Dr. Hutson in Marietta for a thorough evaluation.

TMJ is most often caused from muscles that cannot relax. A primary treatment option, Dr. Hutson utilizes is a ‘splint’ to relieve muscle pain and soreness. Custom made splints are the best method to achieve long-term success for TMJ joint sounds and protect teeth. Visit  Dr.Hutson to hear how you can get relief from the constant problems of TMJ disorders.


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