TMJ can be extremely painful and may affect your overall health. To find the appropriate treatment, your dentist will have to find the cause of the disorder. Many treatment options have to do with maintaining healthy habits. Understanding what impacts the temporomandibular joint will help you avoid certain foods and activities.
Eating hard candy, poor posture, and leaning with your jaw resting in your hand can put pressure on the TMJ. Avoiding hard, sticky foods and adjusting your posture can relieve your TMJ pain. Avoid any activity that places unnecessary pressure on the joints or jawbones. Try sleeping on your back or your side with a pillow that keeps your neck parallel to the bed.
If you grind your teeth when sleeping, it can place tremendous pressure on your joints, causing extreme TMJ pain. Wearing a nightguard will reduce any pressure when your jaws are brought together. A night guard will also prevent your teeth from grinding, which can eventually lead to uneven bite patterns. Uneven bite patterns can lead to poorly digested food and improper nutrient absorption.
If your jaws are not aligned properly, or you have musculoskeletal abnormalities that prevent proper alignment, bio-rejuvenation dentistry may be able to help. It is a non-invasive treatment option that uses a biological approach to relieve pain and promote the proper function of the jawbone and soft tissues. Because it helps to re-align the jaws naturally, it can improve the appearance of the facial structure. This type of treatment restores both balance and alignment. Visit W Paul Burns, DDS, for several TMJ treatment options that can relieve your pain and discomfort. If you reside in the El Dorado AR area, call (870) 686-4232 if you are a new patient. If you are an existing patient, call (870) 862-5456 to make your appointment. Dr. Paul Burns has treatment options for TMJ that can help you feel more like your old self. Schedule your appointment today!