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TMJ is an acronym for “temporomandibular joints” — those gorgeously intricate muscles and joints that permit your jawbone to shift so as to do things like chew, swallow and speak.

A TMJ disorder (TMD) might occur after a jaw dislocation or as a side effect of arthritis, your jaw’s natural alignment, stress or teeth grinding. You’ll experience pain and tightness in your jaw, and may also have muscle spasms or hear clicking noises when you open and close your mouth.

Your jaw is a noteworthy part of your daily life. As such, it merits your upkeep and fortification. Here are just a few things you can do to conquer TMD:

1. Relax and fortify your face and jaw muscles.

Does your unconscious body routine involve clenching your jaw when you are worried or stressed? Practice jawbone mindfulness. Meditation, jaw massage, medication and jaw strengthening exercises are all viable options. Carl McMillan can advise you on what would be best for you and answer any questions you have.

2. Talk to Dr. Carl McMillan about getting an oral appliance.

Dr. Carl McMillan might recommend that we fit you with a custom made oral appliance for you to wear. This will fit over your bottom or top bite and is designed to reduce pain and correct your TMJ. Depending on your unique situation, he will advise you to the times you wear it and the length of treatment.

3. Speak with TMJ Therapy about correcting jaw misalignment.

A bite that is naturally out of alignment can be quite a risk to your jaw. Here we can recommend orthodontic treatments like braces or what is called mouth and bite reconstruction.

Call TMJ Therapy at 801-756-0900 or visit us in American Fork, Utah to learn more. We’re here to help you feel better!