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By Nashua Smile Makers
March 27, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMD   TMJ  

TMJFind out more about this jaw joint disorder and what might be causing it.

If you’ve been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, often known as simply “TMJ”, then you’re probably looking to find more information on your condition. After all, if you don’t know anything about it, you may be wondering what could have caused this disorder and how you may be able to treat your symptoms. Your Nashua dentist is here to explain what might be to blame for your TMJ and what you can do to treat your symptoms.

Causes of TMJ

If you’ve ever experiencing trauma or a direct blow to the jaw or the temporomandibular joint itself, then this might be responsible for your TMJ disorder. However, as a whole, most doctors are still unsure as to what might cause TMJ. Some people start to develop symptoms of TMJ for no reason whatsoever. However, since more women than men develop this disorder some researchers are interested in finding out whether there is a link between female-specific hormones and TMJ. Sadly, besides experiencing direct trauma, it’s unknown why your TMJ might have occurred. Hopefully, dentists will have an answer to the question very soon.

But in the meantime…let’s find out ways to treat your TMJ symptoms:

  • Try over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which are great for reducing pain and swelling.
  • Opt for a softer diet and stay away from foods that cause extreme jaw movements (e.g. chewing gum)
  • Apply ice packs to help reduce any pain and inflammation in the jaw region.
  • Try out simple and gentle jaw exercises and stretches to help increase your jaw’s range-of-motion.
  • Talk to your Nashua dentist about stabilizing splints, which are one of the most effective and common treatments for reducing TMJ symptoms.

If you are looking for a reprieve from your TMJ-related problems, then it’s time you did something about it. Contact your Nashua dentist, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero, DMD today at Nashua Smile Makers to schedule an appointment.