It’s estimated that between 10 and 35 million Americans suffer from TMJ. Even mild forms of the disorder can affect one’s quality of life, adding chronic discomfort and pain to daily processes like eating and talking. While TMD is a complex disorder that can arise from a variety of causes, there are a number of treatments–either at-home remedies or with your dentist–that can alleviate pain and discomfort.
Robert Rosenfeld DDS is proud to provide TMJ/TMD treatments to those around Solana Beach, CA. Dr. Rosenfeld and his experienced team can help alleviate the painful symptoms of the disorder. If you’re currently experiencing TMD, don’t hesitate to contact our Solana Beach office today! Otherwise, you can keep reading to learn more about TMJ/TMD treatments.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is where your jaw bone connects to the skull. The symptoms of TMD can include: pain and discomfort in the jaw area, muscle spasms, clicking sounds as you open and close your mouth, headaches, neck pain, and limited range of motion as you open and close your mouth.
The causes of TMD vary. But the disorder can form from overuse of the jaw, teeth grinding, stress and anxiety, or even poor posture. That said, the causes of TMJ are not completely understood. There are multiple factors that contribute to muscle tightness or dysfunction in the jaw, and since the temporomandibular joint is so complex, it’s hard to pinpoint specific causes. Fortunately, treating TMD is more straightforward.
TMJ Treatment Options
With Minor TMD, it’s important to avoid overstressing the jaw. Here are some of the steps you can take on a daily basis to mitigate the symptoms of TMD:
- Eat soft foods that are easy to chew.
- Massage the affected joint several times per day to relax the surrounding muscles.
- If the TMD is stress-induced, relaxation techniques like meditation can help alleviate symptoms.
For those with more severe symptoms, it’s important to seek out professional help. There are a number of professional treatments that your dentist can provide to help with more serious cases of TMJ. Visiting the dentist promptly in these cases will help you resolve your TMD sooner.
Contact Robert Rosenfeld for Dental Care Today!
If you’re experiencing symptoms of TMJ, don’t hesitate to contact Robert Rosenfeld DDS! Call us today at 858-755-1189 to schedule a consultation today. You can also contact us here.