Do you often find it difficult to bite and chew food due to persistent pain near the jaw joint? Or, do you hear a popping or clicking sound when you move your jaw? These are some of the many symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), which is an oral condition affecting the tissues surrounding the TMJ. Getting the condition treated at the earliest is essential to avoid severe symptoms in the future.
Massaging the TMJ every now and again helps to relieve the tissues of the stress. This also loosens them and makes it easier for you to move the jaw when you bite and chew food, talk, etc. Along with this, you can make subtle changes to your routine to get significant relief from TMD. Some of them are avoiding frequent snacking or chewing gum, clenching the jaw either consciously or subconsciously, holding the phone between the head and shoulder while on a call, sleeping in awkward positions, etc.
When you visit the dentist, a thorough diagnosis will be conducted, after which the dentist will suggest suitable treatment. A common one would be massage therapy, which helps to get rid of the stress in the tissues and align the joint properly. A nighttime mouth guard may be suggested by the dentist to make sure you do not grind your teeth while asleep, which prevents excessive stress applied on the tissues near the TMJ. Also, the teeth from either jaw are kept from coming in contact with each other, which avoids wear. If all these methods do not help to relieve the condition, we may have to perform surgery to treat it.
Malocclusion not only messes up your smile but also leads to the accumulation of microbes on the teeth and affects the functionality of the mouth. Although it is best to get the condition treated when the patient is young, we recommend you visit the dentist and get it diagnosed as early as possible. The conventional means of getting malocclusion treated is using dental braces. But, if you prefer a more aesthetically pleasing option, we recommend clear braces or Invisalign.
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