How to Treat TMJ Pain

How to Treat TMJ Pain

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a painful, chronic condition that affects the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull’s temporal bones in front of each ear. This causes persistent pain and headaches whenever you talk, chew, or yawn. Sufferers often try many at-home solutions to no avail. Intervention by a TMJ dentist is necessary.

Real at-home relief

Of course, once you’ve made an appointment with a TMJ dentist near you, you will still be in pain. Prior to professional treatment from your TMJ dentist, you’ll naturally want to alleviate as much discomfort as possible. That’s why Yonge Dentistry has composed a list of practical things you can do that actually work:

  • Use Tylenol and other generic pain medications
  • Routinely stretch and relax the muscles in your jaw
  • Try a warm compress
  • Avoid hard, difficult-to-chew foods, like nuts

Long-term relief

At your evaluation with a TMJ dentist at Yonge Dentistry, several options will be discussed based on your condition:

  • Orthotic devices
  • Orthodontic or reconstructive dental work
  • TENS therapy

Orthotic devices comfortably hold the jaw while sleeping and prevent grinding, which may be an underlying cause. Dental work may be needed to fix jaw alignment and bite. TENS uses electric currents to relax jaw muscles, find your jaw’s best position, and determine whether other treatments are necessary.

Options will be discussed at length between you and your TMJ dentist so you understand them and the right one for you is chosen. At Yonge Dentistry, we make sure you understand every step of the way.

Get the help you need

Ignoring TMJ pain results in higher risks of tooth decay, damage, infection and even disease. End your pain and protect your smile with the best TMJ treatment near you: your neighborhood TMJ Toronto dentist, Yonge Dentistry. We provide all of Toronto with TMJ dental care that’s personalized for you.

Schedule your therapy today

Schedule an appointment, and we’ll discuss your condition, address your concerns, and get you on the road to a pain-free smile!