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Problems with tension, inflammation, and physical dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw can have an increasingly negative effect on your overall quality of life. In many of these cases the causes of chronic TMJ disorder are related to varying factors, so it’s best to have the problem professionally diagnosed by an orthodontist like Dr. Carl McMillan.

Common symptoms of TMJ disorder often involve a persistent dull ache in the jaw muscles, and temples, or discomfort when biting down hard. Many TMJ disorder sufferers also experience a clicking sensation or a suddenly having one of the temporomandibular joints temporarily lock up.

After diagnosing the nature and severity of your TMJ disorder Dr. Carl McMillan might advocate a treatment plan that starts with making some minor lifestyle changes.

This could include eating a diet of softer foods for a few weeks, as well as periodically applying ice packs and performing some basic jaw stretching exercises. This treatment plan might also include taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medications.

If the chronic night grinding of bruxism is a contributing factor TMJ disorder symptoms he might recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth.

If you don’t show significant improvement within a few weeks, Dr. Carl McMillan might recommend more a more advanced treatment plan.

If you live in the American Fork, Utah, area and you are struggling with symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 801-756-0900 to schedule an appointment with the orthodontic specialists at TMJ Therapy.