Tips For How You Can Manage TMJ Pain From Home
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be a finicky component of your jaw. When overworked and stressed, it can cause significant discomfort. There are numerous therapies available and, in extreme cases, even surgeries that can help alleviate this form of pain. Dr. Jonathan Titus and the team at Titus Dentistry in Middletown, Indiana, work with patients in relieving TMJ pain. There are certain expert-approved tips you can follow which will help ease this discomfort before considering more drastic measures:
Keep your teeth apart
This is easier said than done, but muscle tension around the TMJs is one potential reason your jaw can become uncomfortable. If this muscle tension is the result of a habit of holding your jaw in a muscle braced position because of your bite, finding ways to keep your teeth apart can allow your jaw positioning muscles to take a break.
Let Your Jaw Rest
Make an active effort to reduce wide jaw movements that will actively help to minimize pain or discomfort from TMJ issues. These include actions such as yawning, chewing, yelling, or singing. It will benefit you to keep your jaw muscles as relaxed as possible.
Sleep is Important
In almost all aspects of your health, sleep is incredibly essential. How you sleep is equally important. To help with TMJ discomfort, try sleeping on your back with pillows positioned to support your neck. If at all possible, avoid sleeping on your stomach. If you sleep on your side, avoid placing your hand on your jaw.
Heat and cold both play a prominent role in healing and pain management. Ice works to help reduce swelling and pain, while heat increases blood flow and relaxes your muscles. Using a hot or cold compress for your jaw for periods of 15 to 20 minutes with a light layer in between the compress and your skin can help you manage TMJ-related pain.
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