TMJ disorder has become more common than most people know about. Many people are not aware of the kind of treatment it takes to cure TMJ pain. Even when it comes to symptoms, people are not really aware about what TMJ disorder is. As a matter of fact, the disorder itself is scientifically called TMD; TMJ is the muscle which is affected by the disorder.
George Sferra understans this and has hence prepared a six tip guide for everyone to make the most of her/his TMJ treatments:
Eat the right foods
The first thing you have to do while undergoing TMJ treatment is ask your dentist very clearly what types of foods are ideal for you. Usually, these would include foods which do not impose heavy pressure on your jaw to do the work. Once you have a list of these foods available, stick with them until you are done with the entire procedure.
Limit extreme jaw movements
Whatever happens, do not make extreme jaw movements. This would include making jaw movements to suddenly yawn or to shout. These sudden muscle movements only pose additional threat to the already vulnerable situation of your jaw. Hence, avoided them as well.
Do jaw exercises
A crucial part of the entire recovery process, while you are undergoing the treatment for TMJ pain – are the jaw exercises. These exercises ensure that your jaw keep getting some movement and does not get a fixed muscle, yet, it helps you do it all in a controlled environment without permanently damaging the muscle itself.
Keep stress under control
This might not be a rather explicitly given instruction, but it has been found that reduced stress levels can clearly expedite the recover process for people going through TMJ treatments.
Wear a bite guard
A bite guard can be a surprisingly helpful tool, especially for those who are not aware of their involuntary grinding of teeth. It also helps you if you have an overbite or an underbite for your teeth.
Practice heat or cold therapy
Finally, one of the most well-known methods of ensuring muscular relief – apply heat or cold therapy to the exact place where the muscle hurts. Do this only after getting it permitted by the dentist.