Managing TMJ pain
General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta
At our Edmonton dental clinic, we see many patients who suffer from TMJ disorder, or TMD. The pain can range from a dull ache at the sides of the face where the jaw joints are to painful migraine headaches. TMD can sometimes be accompanied by tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. When a patient is experiencing TMJ pain, activities such as eating and sleeping can become uncomfortable. Fortunately, treatments are available, and there are steps that can be taken at home to help decrease the pain.
Poor posture can contribute to TMJ pain. Be mindful of your posture during the day periodically pausing to ensure that you are sitting or standing with your spine aligned in an upright position. Aim to have your ears, shoulders and hips in alignment. This will help take some of the strain off of the muscles in the neck and jaw.
Eat softer foods
Snacking on foods such as pasta, yogurt and soup can help take some of the pressure off of your jaw joints when you are experiencing pain. Also, refrain from chewing gum and limit caffeine and alcohol, which increases TMD symptoms in some patients.
Stress isn’t good for anyone, but patients who suffer from TMD often experience more pain during periods of stress. Counselling and therapy as well as moderate daily exercise can help to alleviate feelings of stress or overwhelment.
Wear a nightguard
Bruxism, or nighttime clenching and grinding of the teeth, is a contributing factor for TMD. Dental appliances, such as a mouth guard or a splint will minimize the damage of jaw clenching and grinding on the teeth and jaw.
If you believe you might be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and live in the Edmonton, Alberta area, please contact the office of Edmonton dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko. We will schedule a consultation where your jaw movement and alignment will be examined and determine the root cause of your jaw pain.