A temporomandibular joint, also called a TMJ, is a ball and socket joint within your jaw that acts to move your mouth in all manner of directions. Thanks to our TMJs on each side of our jaws, we can speak efficiently, open and fully close our mouths, and chew food effectively at a variety of angles to ensure proper digestion can occur. However, due to the complex nature of the joints, they can be damaged rather easily, leading to TMJ disorders, also called TMDs.
If you have any joint pain associated with a TMD, try using a heat or ice pack. For inflammation or swelling, use ice packs. Sometimes, stress and anxiety could be causing you jaw pain, so try meditating or relaxing with techniques such as yoga, biofeedback, and calming music therapy.
TMDs could also be caused by an underlying condition such as bruxism. Bruxism is a disorder where you gnash and grind your teeth, often while unconscious. This constant grinding of teeth over time can damage your jaw and cause a TMD to occur. Bite plates and night guards are excellent therapies to use for bruxism.
To discuss your treatment options with Dr. Farshid Ariz and the rest of our team at Farshid Ariz D.M.D., simply book an appointment at our dentist office in West Los Angeles, California. Our number is 310-826-3399. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.