Pain in your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, can easily derail your plans for the day. It may hit out of nowhere, or you may have constant pain. No matter how much pain you have, there are things that you can do to reduce that pain.
Being careful how much you use your jaw can make a significant difference in terms of how much pain you are in. Here are a few ways you can decrease how much pain you are in.
Ways to Reduce TMJ PainThe first thing to do when facing TMJ pain is to try and reduce how much you are using your jaw. This means not eating foods that are difficult to chew, and not chewing gum. Both of these activities will surely increase your pain.
Another thing to do when you want to decrease your pain is to take an anti-inflammatory. This includes anything prescribed by us for your TMJ disorder, or even over the counter ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. Taking these can help keep the pain and swelling down in your jaw joint.
Drinking cold beverages and placing ice packs on your cheeks can do a lot to help reduce the swelling of your TMJ. When the swelling goes down, the pain often does, too.
If none of these are working to reduce the pain of your jaw, you need to come in and see us. We will take a look at your jaw, plus x-rays, and see what is going on within your TMJ. From there, we can suggest treatment options we believe will do best to help your situation.
This can be simple dietary changes, or it could go all the way up to surgery to reduce your pain. We won't know what the best treatment option is for you until you come in and see us.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576 today.