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What is TMJ in dentistry?

Introduction

Many factors influence the extent of damage to temporomandibular joint structures. Depending on the magnitude of damage caused, healthy functional relationships between the joints and other arrangements may be impaired. In the end, one experiences pain and limited mobility of the jaws in most cases. A visit to the Wilshire Smile Studio will help you to not only detect the symptoms but also find treatment.

Other dysfunctions may come about, including joint stiffness and chewing difficulties among other signs. If you’ve had TMJ disorder for a considerably long time, the signs and symptoms of the disease may be extensive. Other factors that influence the extent of the damage may include your sensitivity and the chronicity of your condition.

All said various treatment components would help to reduce pain in many cases. To increase the productivity and efficiency of your treatment program, you will need help from a Wilshire Smile Studio physical therapist to assess your condition first. From there, you would know the right activities to employ to restore the good health of your jaws and get things moving once again. After establishing that your program is safe, you can practice the following home treatments:

Eating the right foods

To avoid discomfort and to strain your jaws, you should eat soft foods such as sauces and light meals like mashed potatoes. Hard foods and those that keep the activity going in your mouth like chewing gums should be avoided. Such food would aggravate your symptoms and cause you more pain and damage.

Wearing a mouthguard

A mouth guard would come in handy, especially at night to prevent grinding and clenching of teeth. Depending on your choice and preference, you can wear a firm one or a soft one, as long as your choice has the least discomfort.

You should seek help from a TMJ dentist Los Angeles to help you choose the best mouth bite. If it doesn’t work as effectively as you anticipated, you can always explore other options.

Limiting severe jaw movements

If you try to move your jaws too much, especially when they are stiff, you’re more likely to cause more damage to yourself. Stretching your jaws is essential for your treatment, but too much of it could be toxic. Avoid yelling, yawning, and other jaw movements that would strain you.

Exercising your body

Body exercises such as shoulder retraction would work fine. Pull your shoulders together in the back and hold the position for a few seconds and repeat a few more times. It is inherently special to improve your postural awareness. As you do that consistently, the pain on your shoulders also lessens with time.

Jaw exercises

They may entail placing two fingers on your chin and slowly opening and closing your mouth. As you do that, you should also put a little pressure on your jaws using your fingers to provide slight resistance.

That would, in turn, improve muscular functions around your jaws to enable you to chew and speak comfortably.

Conclusion

Your TMJ disorder can be a lot easier to deal with when you know how to go about your treatment at home. You only need effective self-care and lifestyle changes to handle your mild to moderate symptoms. If the symptoms persist, seek Wilshire Smile Studio medical advice.

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