What can Cause TMJ Disorder?
- Jaw and tooth alignment
- Teeth grinding and stress
A proper diagnosis must be given before the condition is treated. The muscles and joints will be checked during the examination. In some cases, you are referred to a dentist or another physician.
There are several ways that TMJ can be treated. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofascial Research recommends that you try a simple treatment before moving on to a more involved treatment. The NIDCR believes that less is more. Some of the things that they recommend include:
- Eating soft foods
- Using heat packs to soothe the pain
- Practicing relaxation techniques
The following treatments may be recommended in some cases:
- Jaw-strengthening exercises
- A bite plate or night guard
Your dentist may also recommend correcting bite or tooth problems. Additionally, orthodontic treatment can be performed.