TMJ Pain Relief Los Angeles
TMJ disorders affect the temporomandibular joint of the jaw. They can be extremely painful and can require a combination of treatments and lifestyle adjustments to better manage symptoms. We offer comprehensive care for patients with TMJ disorders to provide them with the TMJ pain relief they need.
TMJ pain relief options can vary based on the patient. We evaluate each patient thoroughly to identify the source of the problem and appropriate pain management strategies. Some patients may have underlying issues that must be addressed to resolve the disorder. Others may benefit more from acute treatment as the joint heals.
We may recommend one or several strategies that can include:
• Moist heat and cool compresses
Moist heat can ease discomfort and loosen tight muscles while cool compresses decrease inflammation and numb pain.
• Dietary changes
Fibrous, crunchy or chewy foods can make jaw pain worse. A soft diet or even a liquid diet may be appropriate for some patients. Cutting food into small bites can also take some of the pressure off the jaw joint.
• Lifestyle changes
Chewing gum, resting your chin on your hands and grinding your teeth can all make jaw pain worse. Becoming aware of your habits and adjusting them can improve jaw function and provide TMJ pain relief.
OTC and prescription medications can reduce inflammation and pain while antidepressants may be recommended to ease symptoms.
• Physical therapy
Jaw exercises can promote mobility and healing. They may work best when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy or relaxation techniques.
• Oral appliance
These mouth guards are customized to help keep your jaw in a healthy position and promote healing.
Patients who are unable to achieve appropriate symptom relief with more conservative treatments or who have significant structural abnormalities may require surgical intervention.
Symptoms that continue to worsen in spite of treatment may require more active management. However, many patients are able to fully recover with the right combination of conservative treatment options. Contact our office today to learn more about how you can achieve TMJ pain relief or to schedule a consultation with our TMJ doctor in Los Angeles.
Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.