Inflammation, latent muscle tension and physical dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw can hamper your overall quality of life. You should beware symptoms of TMJ disorder such as a persistent dull ache in the jaw muscles, and temples or discomfort when you bite down. This might also include a clicking sensation or a suddenly having one of the temporomandibular joints freeze in place.
Chronic TMJ disorder can often be related to varying factors. It’s best to have the issue professionally diagnosed by a specialist like Dr. Kyle M. Triggs to help develop an effective treatment plan. After diagnosing the nature and severity of your TMJ disorder he might recommend making some minor lifestyle changes.
This might include eating a diet of softer foods for a few weeks, as well as periodically applying ice packs. Some patients will also find additional symptom relief by performing some basic jaw stretching exercises or taking a standard dose of an over counter anti-inflammatory medication.
If Dr. Kyle M. Triggs suspects that chronic night grinding is a contributing factor TMJ disorder symptoms he might recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth.
If you don’t experience significant improvement within a few weeks, he might recommend more a more advanced treatment plan.
If you live in the Anchorage, Alaska, area and you are struggling with symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 907-562-2284 to schedule an appointment with the dental specialists at Alaska Dental Associates.