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Is Your Jaw Sore? You May Have TMJ Disorder.

tmj windham nhDoes your jaw get sore after talking or eating? Do you sometimes hear a popping or clicking sound when you open and close your mouth? You may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), an entirely curable but irritating condition. Luckily, there are both at home and professional treatments to resolve any issues.

Before delving into possible treatments, take a gander at a more complete set of TMJ Disorder symptoms (be sure to consult with your dentist for a more definite diagnosis):

  • Pain or soreness in the jaw area, including the joint, face, neck, and/or shoulders, after talking or eating
  • Popping, clicking, or grinding when you open and close your mouth
  • Trouble opening your mouth wide
  • Feeling that your jaw is getting stuck when you open and close your mouth
  • Sudden discomfort when biting down
  • Swelling or tired feeling in your cheek area

It’s also important to know the causes of the disorder to understand which treatments might work best for you:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth, often occurring while you sleep at night
  • Excess stress resulting in the tightening of the jaw
  • Arthritis in the jaw joint
  • Jaw trauma or whiplash

As you can imagine, most of these causes can be unnoticeable. But if and when you start noticing symptoms, there’s no need to go untreated. Kalil Dental can provide an examination and develop a treatment for your specific condition. In the meantime, here are some home remedies to ease the pain:

  • Apply a hot compress to a jaw trauma
  • Apply a cold compress to an inflamed jaw
  • Take an anti-inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol

As soon as you have a chance to visit the dentist, here are some treatments that may be recommended:

  • Jaw relaxation exercises
  • Nighttime mouth guard to prevent grinding or clenching
  • Splint to keep your jaw moving fluidly
  • Muscle relaxers for jaw spasms
  • Surgery (minimally invasive and only in extreme cases)

The good news is that TMJ Disorder is often short-lived and resolves itself on its own. However in instances when the disorder is chronic and results in jaw immobility, we’re here to help!