Richmond Dentist Offers Tips for TMJ Relief

Apr 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Patient Education, TMJ Disorder

TMJ DisorderChronic aches and pains can be significantly worse when you don’t know the cause of your discomfort. Frequent migraines, earaches, jaw pain, and facial soreness can indicate many issues; so many, in fact, that some patients can have difficulty finding an accurate diagnosis. As a dedicated dentist in Richmond, Dr. Moiceanu has helped many of our patients discover that their seemingly inexplicable discomfort is the result of TMJ disorder (a dysfunction of your jaw’s joints that can affect a number of different areas in your craniofacial region).

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder derives its name from your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Under the right conditions, these joints are designed to glide smoothly as your mouth opens and closes. Crooked teeth, improper or imbalanced jaw growth, habitual teeth-grinding, and other factors can damage these joints or cause them to become misaligned. The disturbance forces your jaws muscles to work harder, and the strain can lead to debilitating discomfort throughout your jaw, face, head, neck, and shoulder regions.

Jaw Pain Relief

After a thorough examination, Dr. Moiceanu can determine if you suffer from TMJ disorder and prescribe an appropriate treatment. In the meantime, try these remedies to help ease your jaw discomfort, at home or on the go.

  • Typically, the discomfort associated with TMJ disorder is caused by tense and strained muscles. If your head, ears, or jaw begin to hurt, massage the area directly in front of your ears, where your TMJs and the muscles that surround them are located. The massage will help ease muscle tension, and should bring relief within a matter of moments.
  • Applying heat to the joint area can also help relax tense muscles and prevent uncomfortable spasms. Place a hot water bottle or heating pad to the side of your face, but be careful with the temperature; it should be hot enough to be effective, but not hot enough to burn your skin.
  • While heat is effective at relieving tension, cold is equally effective at relieving pain. For optimal relief, alternate the heating pad with an ice pack or cold compress.

Treat TMJ Disorder at Your Richmond Dentist’s Office

To learn more, or to find out if your chronic discomfort is related to TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation with your Richmond CA,dentist by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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