If you’re experiencing sudden or persistent pain in the joints of your jaw, you might at first think it’s just from chewing too hard. But in reality, this type of pain is often an indicator of TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome.
One of the first options you can take to try to minimize your pain or discomfort is to limit the number of hard-to-chew products you currently consume in your diet – things like meat and sandwiches.
If the pain and discomfort persist, you should consider making an appointment at Comfort Care Dental in Calgary, AB for a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan. Your comfort is our priority!
Yes, there are many home remedies available on the internet, but since TMJ is painful and can negatively affect your ability to eat and swallow, it’s really not a condition to try to self-remedy.
Initial treatment may include pain relievers and muscle relaxers; but if they don’t work, the next option in line is oral splints and mouth guards which have been known to helps thousands of patients.
It’s important that you work with a dentist who can custom mold a mouth guard for your specific mouth and need rather than purchasing a one-size-fits-all over the internet.
Your dentist can also provide guidance and education to help you best understand whether or not you have any particular behaviors that may be aggravating your pain, so you can avoid them. Some examples include teeth clenching or grinding, leaning on your chin, or biting your fingernails.
If initial treatments don’t work, your dentist may recommend corticosteroid injections into the joint or Botox into the jaw muscles, both of which have proven to be highly effective in pain management.
The last resort is always surgery; however, since surgery involves more risks than other procedures, it should be considered very carefully after other remedies have been exhausted.
When you make your appointment at Comfort Care Dental in Calgary, AB, please be ready to answer the following questions to help us get to a treatment plan that will work best for you as quickly as possible:
With the many options that are available through Comfort Care Dental, there’s no need to live with the pain you’ve been enduring. Make your appointment now to get your treatment plan started!