Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Let Dr. Syed in Claremont know if you’re experiencing any of these TMJD symptoms:
- Popping or clicking in the joint
- Limited range of motion
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Flat, worn teeth
- Jaw deviation when you open and close your mouth
- Sleeping disorders
Treatments for TMJ Pain
The best treatment for TMJ disorder in Claremont, New Hampshire will depend on the cause of the condition. If you have misaligned teeth, your jaw may be moving in atypical patterns in an effort to chew your food. Over time, this can create strain and damage to the joint. Orthodontic therapy is usually recommended.
People who clench and grind their teeth or have sleep apnea may also experience TMJ disorder. When the muscles around your TMJ are constantly contracted, it strains them and leads to joint soreness, headaches, and earaches. Sleeping in a bite splint or custom mouthguard can train your TMJ to relax, releasing the tension around the joint.
Home Remedies for TMJ Disorder
To help relieve the symptoms of TMJD, we recommend applying warm, moist heat to the side of your jaw, alternating the compress on and off every several minutes. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen can also help. Try to avoid hard foods, as they can cause flare ups.