What is TMJ?

October 16, 2020 | Dental Blog

TMJ Syndrome or the technical term Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome

It is a broad term for any problem that prevents the jaw joint from being properly aligned. TMJ Syndrome includes symptoms like jaw and face pain, jaw clicking or popping, headaches or migraines, and even a locked jaw. Doesn’t sound at all, does it? Read on to learn how to prevent TMJ Syndrome.

Causes of TMJ Syndrome?

TMJ Syndrome can be caused by a variety of things, including grinding your teeth, injury, stress, misalignment, poor posture, arthritis, and chewing ice or gum.

Preventing TMJ Syndrome?

Based on the causes, you can see there are some tactics that can help you prevent TMJ Syndrome. Here are our top strategies.

  • Keep your dental appointments. Your dentist will be able to identify any signs of teeth grinding or any orthodontic issues that require treatment, hopefully before they start causing problems.
  • Focus on good posture, both while sitting and sleeping. Don’t cradle phones between your shoulder and neck, and make sure you’re using a pillow at night with good neck support.
  • Avoid repetitive chewing habits. If you have occasional jaw pain, know that chewing gum, ice or any extended, repetitive chewing can cause this. Similarly, you’ll want to avoid hard or chewy food, and avoid taking large bites while eating.
  • Give your jaw a good massage. Not only does it feel good, but it can help loosen tight muscles that could trigger TMJ symptoms.

Do You Suspect You Have TMJ Syndrome

If you have recurring or severe jaw pain, don’t hesitate to give your dentist a call. You shouldn’t suffer endlessly with symptoms that can be treated by your dentist. In the meantime, apply moist heat, and use the strategies above to lessen your discomfort.

TMJ Syndrome Treatment by Dental on Central

If you suspect you have TMJ Syndrome, the Dental on Central team can help. We have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat symptoms.