The jaw pain and other symptoms of TMD can subside, in time, as the jaw is rested. However, non-aggressive home therapies may be suggested to expedite the process, such as warm compresses or temporary soft food diets. Anti-inflammatory medications can be taken to reduce swelling or pain.
If jaw pain persists, Dr. Walden may recommend stretching exercises for the jaw and facial muscles as well as the use of a nightguard. As bruxism can be a catalyst for TMD, preventing teeth grinding is critical. A nightguard, which looks similar to a mouth guard worn in sports, can comfortably and easily keep you from grinding your teeth while you sleep.
Jaw pain and headaches can be the signs of a deeper problem, such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). TMD is a condition which impacts the jaw joint, or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and facial muscles. If you have jaw pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. William Walden for TMJ treatment. Dr. Walden can alleviate your pain with several non-aggressive treatments. While the cause of TMD is largely unknown, there are several factors that may place you at risk of developing this condition.
While TMD more commonly affects women between the ages of 20 and 40, it can strike at any time, and disappear just as quickly. Spontaneous TMD symptoms may include dizziness to jaw pain.