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Save Your Summer From Painful TMJ Disorder! [BLOG]

Summers are a flutter of activity, especially for families.

You have road trips, afternoon outings and days by the pool, weeknight little league games, and weekend cookouts. It’s busy for many of us, but it’s a relaxed kind of busy. It’s supposed to be fun, right?

Chronic pain can spoil all that fun pretty quickly. Frequent headaches, muscle tension in your neck, or pain in your jaw when you’re trying to eat can make life pretty miserable, and they could be a sign that you’re suffering from a disorder that’s actually quite treatable!

Your friends at Konstantine Trichas DDS, LLC are sharing some information about TMJ disorder and how we can treat it in our Basking Ridge practice so you can maintain a healthy smile and enjoy a pain-free summer.

TMJ Pain Can Spoil Your Summer Fun!

TMJ disorder, or TMD, occurs when your jaw joint just below your ears moves out of alignment. It causes widespread symptoms that don’t necessarily seem related to someone who doesn’t have any training or experience in diagnosing and treating it.

But if you are somewhat familiar with many of the common signs associated with TMD, you may have a better sense of whether or not it’s time to visit Dr. Trichas in Basking Ridge for solutions.

Here are some symptoms to look for:

 

  • Lockjaw
  • Earache pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Stiffness or soreness in the jaw
  • Clicking sounds in the jaw when you chew
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Daily fatigue
  • Muscle tension in your jaw, neck, or face

 

Since many people who grind their teeth don’t realize they’re doing it, it’s often a dentist who recognizes the habit during a dental exam. That’s because over time, your tooth enamel will show signs of damage, trauma, or wear that indicate you grind your teeth.

It’s another reason why your routine cleanings and exams are so important! Dental damage creates access for harmful bacteria to get inside your teeth if it’s not repaired.

So while pain may be a catalyst for you to visit Dr. Trichas for help, your dental health is an equally important reason to seek treatment sooner rather than later.

Have A Pain-Free Summer With TMJ Treatment!

Any time a patient is in pain, we want to do all we can to provide relief and find an effective solution as quickly as possible.

One of the ways we respond to TMJ misalignment or teeth grinding problems is to fit your mouth for a customized oral appliance. Wearing this while you sleep keeps your jaw forward, which alleviates the pressure on your jaw joint and prevents your upper and lower teeth from scraping against each other.

Without that continued stress on your jaw and teeth during the night, you will start waking up feeling much better, and over time, your TMJ can heal naturally.

But we also have other strategies for pain relief to help you feel more comfortable during the healing process, such as an NTI-tss device and TruDenta technique, both of which are proven pain-reducing remedies for TMJ patients.

Find Relief In Basking Ridge!

Don’t spend your summer in pain!

Come to Dr. Trichas in Basking Ridge to find pain relief and solutions that work. We have a number of strategies we can pull together to maximize your comfort and promote healing of your TMJ for a better quality of life and safer smile.

Call Konstantine Trichas DDS, LLC today at (908) 356-6635 to schedule an appointment for TMJ treatment.

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