Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD) are a range of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint which connects your jaw to your skull, often resulting in serious and lasting pain.In our Kitsilano dental office, we often treat patients who are experiencing TMJ/TMD and understand that the associated pain can at times be overwhelming.While TMJ/TMD treatment options can include ultrasound/radio wave therapy, injections, or even surgery, these options should be considered a last resort. The La Vita team has compiled a list of easy TMJ/TMD treatment options you can try at home to win the battle against TMJ/TMD pain.
Soft Foods: Eating soft foods such as yoghurt, pudding, and soup will help your jaw to rest and recuperate. Avoid hard or chewy foods that will give your jaw an unnecessary workout such as caramels and chewing gum, or large foods you will have to stretch your mouth to eat around, such as apples or corn on the cob.
Ice/Heat Packs: Both ice and heat packs prove an effective TMJ/TMD treatment. Wrap an ice pack in a clean cloth and apply to the jaw for 10 – 15 minutes. The cold will help to reduce inflammation and temporarily numb pain. Similarly, the warmth from a heat pack or cloth soaked in warm water can help to increase functionality and reduce pain.
Jaw Exercises: Your dentist or physical therapist can provide you with a list of gentle exercises you can practice to aid recovery and healing.
Facial Relaxation: Try to make sure your face and jaw are always relaxed. If you are known to grind your teeth or clench your jaw, especially in your sleep, a dentist who can evaluate your need for a protective night guard you can wear while you sleep.
Want more information about your TMJ/TMD Treatment options? Make an appointment to speak with one of the specialists at La Vita Dental Centre. Call 604-738-2259 to speak to one of our friendly staff members.