Jaw ache? This kind of disorder can be referred to as TMJ syndrome, TMJ dysfunction or temporomandibular disorders (TMD) a problem affecting the ‘chewing’ muscles and the joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull.
What is the temporomandibular joint?
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull, which is in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints allow the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side. Which enables talking, chewing & yawning!
It is estimated that around 30% of adults will experience some form of TMJ type issue. The symptoms are usually pain, jaw joint clicking/popping, headaches, and sometimes even difficulty eating. The overall condition itself isn’t usually serious, but can cause a hindrance to the sufferers every day life.
The exact reason for this joint problem isn’t completely understood but the below conditions can be contributing factors to patients suffering from TMJ:
- bruxism – teeth grinding
- misalignment (malocclusion)
- excessive gum chewing
- arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
- trauma to the teeth or jaw
The following home remedies can help to alleviate the pain:
- Analgesics paracetemol/ibuprofen
- Eating soft foods
- Gentle self-stretching of the jaw and neck muscles (a doctor or physical therapist can recommend appropriate stretches)
- Relaxation techniques
- Avoiding chewing gum
- Ice or cold packs to the area of the joint
- Night guard made by your dentist to stop night grinding.
When the pain can not be alleviated by home remedies and analgesics, we recommend you visit your dentist/doctor who can then refer you to a specialist. If you are one of our patients and have been experiencing jaw type pain then please contact out reception and we can arrange for your dentist to look into helping you ease your symptoms – reception: 01872 241955 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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