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Overcoming TMJ Dysfunction

Dr. Nataliya Rozenfeld, of PV's Omni Dental Studio, Shares 6 Ways to Combat Jaw Pain

Lifestyle changes

TMJ dysfunction (TMD) causes pain in jaw joints resulting in jaw injuries, arthritis and dental wear and tear. For initial relief, avoid hard or chewy foods and adopt good posture ensuring your head, neck, and shoulders are properly aligned.

Physical therapy

Exercises can strengthen jaw muscles and improve joint mobility alongside heat or ice therapy or electrical stimulation.

Medication

Pain relievers like ibuprofen can manage mild TMD. Prescribed muscle relaxants or anti-anxiety medications are viable for serious cases.

Oral appliances

Custom appliances like mouth-guards can help reposition the jaw. Such devices reduce teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Dental treatments

If your TMD is caused by misaligned teeth or bite problems, you might need orthodontic treatment or dental restorations.

Injections

Dr. Rozenfeld specializes in injections of a neuromodulator like Botox® into the muscles responsible for jaw movement. This reduces the strength of muscle contraction and eases pain from chronic muscle spasms. Corticosteroid injections directly into the jaw joint can also relieve inflammation. omnidds.com

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