Find out the best strategies for reducing TMD-related jaw pain.
Are you dealing with sore, achy, and easily tired jaws? If so, this could be a sign of a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. This condition impacts many people, particularly women, here in South Orange, NJ. The good news is that our family dentist Dr. Fariba Farrokhi and the team at South Orange Family Dentistry can help you manage your TMD symptoms.
What are the warning signs of TMD?
If you are dealing with any of these symptoms below, it’s always best to turn to our South Orange, NJ, dental team to find out if TMD could be to blame,
- Jaw stiffness
- Jaw pain
- Limited functionality or mobility of the jaws
- Pain when opening the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- A popping or clicking sound when opening or closing your mouth
How is TMD treated?
Most people can find relief through simple at-home strategies such as,
- Using moist heat or ice packs on the face to soothe aches and pains (ice can even reduce swelling)
- Eating a soft diet
- Taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen, which can reduce both pain and swelling
- Avoiding chewing gum
- Cutting food into small, bite-sized pieces
- Avoiding any large jaw movements such as yawning
Since TMD can also be the result of stress, it’s important to pinpoint the cause of your stress and to find effective outlets for managing it. This may include getting regular physical activity, practicing mindfulness, or daily meditation.
How can a dentist help?
If you find that you’re unable to treat or get rid of TMD on your own, then our South Orange, NJ, dentist Dr. Farrokhi can provide you with more effective treatment options. For example, if your TMD is due to misaligned jaws then our team may recommend braces to correct this issue. We can also provide custom-made splints, a dental device that will prevent grinding and clenching, as well as wear and tear on your teeth, while you sleep. Most patients won’t require surgery or more aggressive ways to treat TMD, but know that there are alternative ways to treat persistent or severe TMD including surgery and Botox injections. We will tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs.
Jaw pain is never normal. If TMD is impacting your life, then call our South Orange, NJ, dentist Dr. Farrokhi at South Orange Family Dentistry to discuss better treatment options. Call us today at (973) 763-1161.