Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be a sign of TMJ disorder, otherwise known as TMD. TMJ disorder can be very uncomfortable and stressful, and can sometimes be debilitating. TMD can be product from a variety of causes such as grinding your teeth or stress. Regardless, the pain and discomfort from TMD can range from headaches, migraines, and aches to jaw locking or popping.
The effects of TMD may cause you unbearable pain, making daily tasks a hassle as you experience nauseating migraines or ringing ears. Though the discomfort of TMD can be excessive, the disorder is common and easily treated with TMD therapy. Offering a variety of options for TMD therapy, Dr. Chris Mei can help patients suffering from TMD feel comfortable again.
Dr. Chris Mei can use a combination of education and medical treatments to alleviate the symptoms of your TMJ disorder. Dr. Mei and his staff can teach you how to relax your temporomandibular joint at home and what to avoid so that it does not worsen. Searching for this information on the internet is not as accurate as having a discussion with a doctor after a thorough examination. Dr. Mei can find out about your personal symptoms and your specific form of TMJ disorder, and then recommend treatment steps.
Dr. Mei can also take further measures to treat his patients’ TMD. He can prescribe medications to reduce your discomfort. You can also get customized appliances or night guards from West Village Dental Care that will improve your TMJ disorder and increase your comfort levels.
Ways to Take Care of Your TMJ Pain
Therapy for TMJ disorder or discomfort ranges from at-home therapy to medication treatment, depending on the severity of a patient’s symptoms. For your own at-home therapy, Dr. Chris Mei will share his knowledge with you so you can learn to alleviate the pain on your own time. Through an examination, Dr. Mei will provide you with a variety of means for therapy based on your personal symptoms of TMD. Though Dr. Mei will provide better forms of therapy for you discomfort or disorder, a few forms of therapy may include:
- Heat and cold packs | Alternating between hot and cold packs pressed to the pain areas on your face can help alleviate the discomfort of TMD.
- Over-the-counter medications | Taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can help to reduce pain.
- Eat soft foods | Because extreme jaw movements can irritate the painful area, chewing softer foods puts less pressure on the TMJ.
It’s best to visit Dr. Mei prior to using any means of at-home therapy, as he can use his education and experience to properly diagnose your form of TMD. TMJ disorders vary amongst patients and some treatments may work better for you than others.
If further measures need to be taken. Dr. Mei can prescribe you medications to alleviate your pain. West Village Dental offers customized night guards to improve TMD and increase comfort. If you’d like to solution to your TMJ issues, contact us here or call us at 313.563.4466.