When A Massage Isn’t Enough: Treating TMJ

TMJ | Joel Smith DDS | Beaumont, TXIf you have temporomandibular joint disorder, you know that even the littlest things like chewing gum can exacerbate this issue. However, for the majority of people suffering from TMD, it is fairly treatable by things such as avoiding hard-to-chew foods, using gentle massage, and applying heat to your jaw. If you have been massaging your jaw during flare-ups and are still noticing that your symptoms aren’t going away, then you may want to contact Dr. Joel Smith to learn more about other treatment options such as neuromuscular dentistry. Read on to learn more.

Neuromuscular Dentistry
One of the biggest culprits of TMD, is a misaligned jaw. Before you can be deemed a suitable candidate for neuromuscular joint disorder treatment option, Dr. Joel Smith needs to ensure that your TMD is caused by a misaligned jaw. Once your TMD has in fact been diagnosed as a joint disorder, a custom orthotic will be made to help your jaw get used to chewing and swallowing. Designed to perfectly fit your jaw, your custom orthotic shouldn’t be uncomfortable but may take some time to get used to. You will wear the orthotic for a few months until your jaw joints heal. Once your bite is stabilized, you may have to wear a more permanent orthotic or orthodontics may be used in order to move your jaw in order to restore the functionality of your jaw and bite.

If you have TMD, it can cause your everyday life to be less than comfortable, and oftentimes even quite painful. By causing things such as clicking in your jaw, inflammation, pain, and overall irritation, TMD is a disorder that is easily treatable. If you have started to notice that massage, heat, and relaxation aren’t giving you relief from your symptoms, then it may be time for you to consider neuromuscular dentistry. Contact Dr. Joel Smith’s office today to learn more or to schedule a consultation!

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