TMJ disorder are linked to problems with the jaw joint. A problem with the muscles or joints in your jaw can lead to headaches, ear pain, bite problems, jaw pain and much more. There are several conditions that can end up causing TMJ:
Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. Sufferers of bruxism often wake up with jaw or ear pain. This is due to wear on the cartilage lining of the temporomandibular joint.
Gum chewing or nail biting. Using your teeth as tools is going to eventually damage your teeth, but when it begins to affect your TMJ, it may be time to break this terrible habit.
Malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth. Some people find it hard to chew on a certain side of their teeth due to misalignment, so they habitually chew on the other side causing excess stress on that side of the jaw.
Previous jaw fractures or injury.
Individuals suffering from TMJ experience many symptoms such as discomfort and pain in areas surrounding the face or jaw. And if we know anything, we know that toothaches are guarantees to a bad mood. Thankfully, there are a series of remedies recommended in order to alleviate tension found in those areas. Some of these include:
- Facial exercises such as stretching, relaxing, or massaging the muscles found around the jaw
- Evading actions such as yawning, singing, or excessive chewing
- Learning new stress relieving techniques including meditation, breathing exercises, or personal stress relievers
- Formulating an exercise plan in order to increase our pain tolerance
If symptoms worsen, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment immediately with our friendly staff. It is possible that further steps may need to be taken to alleviate the issue.
If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Lieberman at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.
Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.