Temporomandibular Joint Pain or the easier to pronounce TMJ Pain. TMJ is an abbreviation for the anatomical structure called the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint connecting your lower jaw (the mandible) and your skull.
The movement in this joint lets you open and close your mouth and chew from side to side. When the joint on one or both sides of your face is displaced or isn’t functioning properly, a series of problems generally occur.
TMJ presents problems ranging from mild discomfort such as popping and clicking of the jaw to debilitating pain such as headaches, migraine headaches, ear, neck and back pain. It is usually, but not always, associated with grinding, clenching or trauma.
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Recommended home treatment for the TMJ:
- Wearing a mouth guards to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
- Place a warm towel on your effected TMJ side.
- It’s highly recommend to be a soft diet if you are suffering from TMJ.
- Avoid chewing gum, nails and lower lip.
- Avoid large jaw movements, such as yawning.
If you feel pain is evident while chewing and if it didn’t go away please contact our office and make an appointment with Dr. Martz to help you with your TMJ.