Did You Tear or Damage Your TMJs?

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Did you tear or damage your TMJs? Your TMJs, also called your temporomandibular joints, are joints in your jaw that play a pivotal role in your mouth’s capacity to fully open and close. Some signs that they may be injured include irregular popping noises from your jaw, the inability to have full movement when opening and closing your mouth, pain within your jaw or in and around your ears, and deep pain when speaking, chewing, or yawning.

If your TMJs have become damaged, here are some helpful instructions that can lead to a successful recovery:

– Meditation techniques including yoga, calming music, and biofeedback are wonderful stress relievers that can alleviate jaw pressure.
– Certain foods and various habits can injure your TMJs, including nail-biting, chewing gum, or rough or chewy foods such as steak.
– Joint pain linked with TMJ disorders can be alleviated with heat or ice packs.
– Your TMJ disorder could be caused by another underlying ailment such as bruxism, which is a condition responsible for grinding or gnashing your teeth unconsciously, often while asleep.

To learn more about TMJ disorders, or to schedule an appointment with your dentist at North Point Dental Group, LLC, call our dental office in Corvallis, Oregon at 541-754-4017. Dr. Glenn D. Balkins, Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam and our entire team want to ensure your oral health is beaming for years to come.