shutterstock_130190102Are you tired of your jaw becoming sore after talking or eating? You may need to treat a case of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). Luckily, TMJ is typically curable should you determine the cause. Whether you can utilize at home remedies or you need to consult a dentist, there’s no need for you to suffer longer than necessary.

Prior to choosing your treatment, you’ll want to determine what may be causing your case of TMJ Disorder. Start with which symptoms you’re experiencing:

  • Jaw pain or soreness (from your face down to your neck) during or after eating or talking
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding noise during jaw movement
  • Difficulty opening mouth wide
  • Jaw sticking when mouth is fully opened or closed
  • Uncomfortable feeling when jaw bites down
  • Swollen or tired feeling in the cheek area

Then, consider the following causes for the above symptoms:

  • Grinding or clenching the teeth at night
  • Tightening the jaw as a result of stress
  • Jaw joint arthritis
  • Trauma or whiplash to the jaw

Some, if not all, of these causes are not intentional and may not be noticed on a daily basis. But the results can be highly uncomfortable if untreated. Your dentist can help you develop a permanent treatment program. However, you can utilize the following treatments at home prior to your dental visit:

  • Jaw trauma can be treated with a hot compress
  • An inflamed jaw can be treated with a cold compress
  • Jaw pain can be treated with over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol

After you’ve had a chance to visit your dentist, especially if you’ve utilized the above home remedies already, you may be recommended to consider the following treatments:

  • Relaxation exercises for the jaw
  • Fitted mouth guard to prevent grinding or clenching at night
  • Jaw splint to foster natural fluid movement
  • Muscle relaxing medication to minimize jaw spasms
  • Jaw surgery (only for severe cases)

Regardless of the severity of your case, TMJ Disorder is most often quickly curable. If you need help getting a handle on your situation, be sure to consult your dentist.