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What can Cause TMJ Disorder?

  • Jaw and tooth alignment
  • Teeth grinding and stress
  • Injury
  • Discoloration
  • Arthritis

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:

  • Medications
  • 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.

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