People with TMJ disorders experience symptoms ranging from mild to debilitating. Chronic facial pain, popping or clicking in the jaw, recurring earaches, migraine headaches, and other issues linked to TMJ all warrant a trip to the dentist. That said, there are a few ways to improve TMJ pain at home:
- Manage your stress: Stress is a leading trigger for TMJ pain and discomfort. It may cause you to inadvertently clench your teeth, which creates tightness in your jaw. Relaxation techniques can be helpful if you are experiencing a painful flare-up caused by stress.
- Use heat therapy: Heat therapy improves blood flow and circulation. It can soothe discomfort, support healing, and increase muscle flexibility. Moist heat sources like steamed towels and moist heating packs tend to work best for TMJ pain.
- Change your diet: It takes a lot of work to chew tough and sticky foods. All that work can aggravate the painful jaw symptoms you’re experiencing. Give your jaw a break by eating a diet of soft foods to reduce muscle strain.
- Sleep on your back: Putting unnecessary pressure on your jaw can cause problems when you have TMJ. That’s why you should avoid sleeping face down on the pillow. Instead, sleep on your back because this position offers proper support and reduces jaw pressure.
- Take anti-inflammatories: Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin can help with TMJ pain. Just remember that there are some risks of long-term NSAID use.
Changing your behaviors and habits will only go so far to reduce TMJ pain. Dr. Gordon Chee can help you find immediate and lasting relief. He offers solutions such as TENS therapy, custom mouth guards, and dental treatments to restore proper bite alignment.
See Our Calgary Dentist for Your TMJ Pain
Are you suffering from painful symptoms associated with TMJ? Visit Aesthetic Dental Studio for a TMJ diagnostic exam. Dr. Chee has over 15 years of experience using neuromuscular dentistry techniques to treat jaw joint issues.
Call 403-543-4600 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, and the surrounding areas of Alberta.