Understanding TMJ Disorder

No one likes to be in pain, especially during the holiday season. If you are like the many that suffer from frequent jaw pain and intense headaches, then please call us at Smiles Dental and schedule an appointment. You could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder.

Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, attacks the joints in your jaw along with the muscles in your jaw that make it difficult and sometimes painful to open and close your mouth. This can make life difficult as you chew, speak, or even swallow. Many things can cause TMJ disorder including teeth alignment, stress, grinding teeth, and even injuries.

The good news is there are several treatments for TMJ disorders. Some of the treatments include simple things such as, eating softer foods, using heat packs to help with the pain, avoid chewing your nails and any gum, and in some cases, meditation and relaxing exercise have helped. In some cases, your dentist can recommend a night guard to help your bite grinding or clenching as you sleep.

If you have any questions about TMJ, please call us at 503.342.8500. Doctor Elizabeth Miller is here to address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your oral care. So call us today and begin treatments, so you can have a pain-free smile again.