Your jaw is hinged by a pair of temporomandibular joints that work to help your mouth open and close. When inflammation or physical defects alter the healthy function of these joints, the discomfort can be significant. This often comes in the form of a dull ache in the temples or the muscles in front of the ears. Some people also experience discomfort when biting down or a clicking sensation in the joints.
Professional diagnosis at Dr. David L. Sykes’s clinic can serve to assess the severity of your TMJ disorder and the necessary treatment measures. This information will help him to develop an effective treatment plan to reduce your TMJ disorder symptoms. This often starts with simple lifestyle modifications to reduce stress in the temporomandibular joints and muscles. This can include things like choosing softer foods, applying ice packs, and performing some basic jaw stretching exercises.
If Dr. David L. Sykes believes your TMJ disorder symptoms are related to unconsciously grinding your teeth while sleeping, he might recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. This soften plastic mouthpiece can help cushion the relationship between both sets of your teeth. Over time, the gentle slip it allows between both sets of teeth can help reduce tension and inflammation in the temporomandibular joints.
If these modest changes don’t provide significant relief, your doctor might advocate more advanced treatment methods. This could call for the use prescription anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers, or more invasive treatments. If you live in the Linwood, New Jersey, area and you’ve been struggling with symptoms of TMJ disorder, give us a call at 609-653-6300 to schedule an appointment at David L. Sykes DMD, LLC.