Tips for Easing TMD-Related Discomfort

Tips for Easing TMD-Related Discomfort

TMJ disorder, formally known as TMD, relates to discomfort in the jaw joints. In the United States alone, over ten million people suffer from the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder. At Alpan Orthodontics, we can diagnose and treat your jaw joint pain. Below, we offer a few tips on easing the aches related to TMD. We will also explain the common causes and symptoms of TMJ disorders or TMD. Addressing TMJ Pain Dr. Alpan can recommend a number of methods for easing the aches associated with TMD. In many cases, stress can exacerbate the symptoms of TMJ disorders. To reduce stress and anxiety, there are several simple steps you can take, such as:

  • Yoga/Stretching
  • Meditation
  • Cutting down on sugar, caffeine, alcohol & tobacco consumption

Other comfortable and minimally invasive methods of easing TMD pain include:

  • Jaw muscle exercises and TENs Treatments to relax joint muscles
  • Warm compresses to ease muscle tension
  • Night guards to help with grinding and clenching
  • Avoiding hard crunchy foods
  • Splint therapy to address bite misalignment

For more tips on addressing TMJ disorders and TMD pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. David Alpan and the dedicated team at Alpan Orthodontics. Causes of TMJ Disorder Multiple factors can lead to a person developing jaw joint discomfort. Genetics, arthritis, and even sleeping patterns may cause the onset of TMJ disorder. The two most common factors related to TMJ issues are bruxism, or teeth grinding, and malocclusion, or bite misalignment. Both of these widespread problems place inordinate strain on the jaw joints, leading to painful symptoms of TMD. Symptoms to Watch For How do you know if you suffer from TMJ disorder? There are a number of symptoms to watch for, including a popping or cracking sensation in the jaw joint. People with TMJ also report chronic headaches, ear-aches, tinnitus, and face pain. If bruxism is the cause of a person’s case of TMJ, toothaches and tooth sensitivity may also be reported. If you experience one of more of these symptoms persistently or have difficulty chewing or yawning, schedule a consultation with your 90067 TMJ specialist today.Learn More about Treatment from Your 90067 TMJ Specialist If you would like to learn more about diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder, contact your 90067 TMJ specialist at Alpan Orthodontics today. Schedule an appointment by calling 213-513-7559. We proudly serve patients in the Century City and Los Angeles area and all surrounding communities.

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