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TMJ Discomfort? Try These Home Remedies First Marietta, GA

TMJ Discomfort? Try These Home Remedies First

TMJ symptoms can be very disruptive. The TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint, is responsible for opening and closing your mouth. When this joint gets tight, stressed or overworked, it can produce symptoms such as clicking, locking and pain in the jaw. While your dentist can help relieve chronic jaw pain associated with TMD (temporomandibular disorder), if you are experiencing TMJ discomfort for the first time, you may want to try some home remedies first. In many cases, symptoms dissipate within two weeks, or when the jaw has had a chance to rest. Here are some ways to reduce your jaw discomfort at home:

  • Manage the pain with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications.
  • Try to eat soft foods diet.
  • Avoid chewing gum or eating especially chewy foods.
  • Do not open your mouth wide.
  • Ask your dentist for instructions on how to gently stretch the jaw muscle without straining it.
  • Consider stress-reducing techniques to relax your entire body, including the jaw.
  • Apply warm compresses on the area of pain for 20 min, followed by lower jaw exercises that include moving that jaw from side to side for 5 minutes.
  • Perform gentle massage on the jaw joint.

When home remedies are not working and your TMJ discomfort is persistent or getting worse, it is time to let your dentist investigate the underlying cause. For some, it is a result of teeth misalignment that needs to be corrected by orthodontics. For many others, however, TMJ problems originate from a teeth grinding or teeth clenching habit. In such cases, a custom nighttime mouthguard is used to relieve your jaw pain and protect your smile while you sleep.

Don’t live with jaw pain. Do yourself a favor and try treating your TMJ symptoms at the earliest onset. This may help you avoid progressive inflammation and strain on the jaw muscle and benefit from the most conservative treatment.

Want to talk to a TMJ specialist in Marietta? Call Gilreath Family Dentistry today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

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The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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