If you have TMJ, something as simple as gum chewing can cause the following: pain in the joints of the jaw, clicking and popping of the jaw, or pain in the ears, ear popping, dizziness, headaches or migraines, sore or stiff jaw muscles, and pain in your temple. So, what can you do?
You can experience temporary relief by placing ice packs on the joint, using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, reduce your stress, implementing massage and stretches, and of course, stop chewing gum and stick to eating soft foods until your joint heals.
Additional options might include:
–A mouthguard or nightguard to alleviate teeth grinding, or bruxism.
–A dental splint, similar to a mouthguard to provide jaw relief.
–Medications such as muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory drugs.
–Physical therapy which includes exercises for the jaw.
If you are experiencing TMJ, you don’t have to live with jaw pain because there is relief available to you! Dr. Carl McMillan is pleased to offer Temporomandibular Joint Disfunction therapy, and can customize a three-to six-month treatment plan to help stabilize the joint and remedy the symptoms so your joint can heal.
If you would like more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carl McMillan, please give our TMJ Therapy team in American Fork, Utah a call at 801-756-0900 today.