Did you know, there are treatments available for your jaw pain? Well, it’s true! If you suffer from intense jaw pain, you could be suffering from TMD. Finding treatment for your TMJ could be the key to living with TMD. That is why our team here at Farshid Ariz D.M.D. in West Los Angeles, California, is happy to talk to you about TMD, so you have the information you need.
In a nutshell, temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the two joints on the side of your jaw that open and close your mouth. When they cause pain, simple tasks of talking, chewing, and even swallowing can be extremely hard. Your TMJ also works with other muscles and ligaments in your jaw bone to keep the actions of your jaw fluid. When these become strained or damaged, intense pain in your joints or headaches can occur.
There are a handful of things that can cause TMD, also referred to as TMJ disorders. Some of these include:
-Dislocation of your jaw
-Injury to your jaw or joint pain
-Severe stress and teeth grinding putting pressure on the joints in your jaw
-Bad tooth or jaw alignment
It is always important to remember when it comes to your TMJs is to get properly diagnosed, so you can begin treatment. There are also other steps you can do on your own to help your TMD. These include:
– Avoid chewing gum.
– Use heat packs to treat the pain.
– Exercise to strengthen your jaw muscles.
– Avoid nail biting.
– Eat softer foods.
Are you still interested in learning more about your TMD or treatment options? If so, please call 310-826-3399 today to set up an appointment with Dr. Farshid Ariz. Our professional team stands ready to help your smile.