Inflammation or physical dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw can lead to significant discomfort and complications. This can also influence the muscles and connective tissues that work with the sophisticated joints that allow you to open your mouth, speak clearly, and chew food.
Early symptoms of TMJ disorder often include a persistent dull ache in your temples or the area in front of the ears, as well as discomfort when biting down, or an uncomfortable clicking sensation in either of the temporomandibular joints.
If you are experiencing any problems such as this, you should consider having your TMJ disorder diagnosed by an orthodontist like Dr. Chase Bennett. The professional tools and training at his disposal can assess the severity of your TMJ disorder and the necessary treatment measures.
This information will help him to develop an effective treatment plan to reduce your TMJ disorder symptoms.
The first step often involves making some basic lifestyle modifications to reduce stress in the temporomandibular joints and muscles. This can include things like choosing softer foods, applying ice packs, and performing some basic jaw stretching exercises.
If Dr. Chase Bennett believes your TMJ disorder symptoms are linked to bruxism caused by unconsciously grinding your teeth he might recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. This soften plastic mouthpiece can help cushion the relationship between both sets of your teeth. Over time the gentle slip it allows between both sets of teeth can help reduce tension and inflammation in the temporomandibular joints.
Dr. Chase Bennett might also advise you to eat softer foods, apply hot or cold packs to your temporomandibular joints, or perform some periodic stretching exercises.
If these modest changes don’t provide significant relief Dr. Chase Bennett might advocate more advanced treatment methods. This could call for the use prescription anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers, or more invasive treatments.
If you live in the Arvada, Colorado, area and you’ve been struggling with symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 303.421.2696 to schedule an appointment at Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado.