Clicking Jaw: Addressing Symptoms During Mealtime

Clicking Jaw: Addressing Symptoms During Mealtime

Remember when the only thing you heard during mealtime was the pleasant conversation at the table? If you’re shaking your head “no” because all you can usually hear is your very loud and clicking TMJ (jaw joint), then it might be time for some help. First, remember that we offer a variety of beneficial treatments for those dealing with TMJ disorder. In addition, consider some ways you can reduce the sounds (and the discomfort) that come with the current state of your disorder.

Halloween And Your TMJ Health

Have you ever thought about the fact that different days bring different challenges for your smile and your TMJ problems? If not, we encourage you to use Halloween as an example that can get you thinking about how holidays and special occasions can influence your comfort (or your discomfort). Fortunately, once you’ve got some new ideas to work from, sailing through out-of-the-ordinary moments, while protecting your jaw joints will be a cinch.

Why Sleep Doesn’t Solve TMJ Problems

You might think to yourself that coming in for care to alleviate TMJ problems is probably unnecessary. Instead, you assume that your nightly rest should give your jaw joints the break they need! Of course, over the eight or so hours that you sleep every night, you imagine that your jaw joints are relaxed and resting, so they will have time to heal. We appreciate this thought but, unfortunately, you may be doing more harm than good during your slumber. Let’s examine this issue and arrive at a much sounder solution.

Manage Stress To Help Protect Jaw Joints

Your TMJ disorder may be caused in part by stress. Or, while it may have very little to do with tension and anxiety, when you do not manage your stress, it can make matters worse. So, what to do regarding your ability to remain calm and mindfully channel any feelings of stress that crop up? We can help! Remember that by combining an approach to remaining calm and treatment from our practice, you can address TMJ concerns to improve jaw health and comfort.

TMJ Disorder: Why Schedule A Visit?

What’s the point of scheduling a dental visit for TMJ disorder, you may wonder to yourself? After all, you’re pretty sure you know what’s causing the problem. You know the things you should be avoiding, so you may do what you can to prevent the problem from worsening, and you haven’t experienced any excruciating complications just yet. As far as you’re concerned, you’re probably just fine and can go about your daily life without too much concern, right? Not exactly! It’s not a good idea to base your decision to investigate symptoms associated with TMJ problems with how severe they are. Mild discomfort and changes often point to a newly developing problem, which is the ideal time to offer treatment! Learn more.

Facial Pain: 3 Important Details

Are you dealing with chronic facial pain? We’re not talking about the occasional discomfort that comes from sleeping on the seam of your pillow or a fleeting irritation. We’re talking about what ends up amounting to daily discomfort. It can interrupt your daily life and can even make sleep uncomfortable. The good news for you is that we are here to help by offering some insight into what’s going on in addition to some potential solutions.

TMJ Disorder: Don’t Make Assumptions

When you’re making assumptions about what’s wrong with your smile and the areas surrounding your smile, you can find that when you make an incorrect guess, the consequences are more severe than you’d imagined! Instead, we strongly suggest that you come in for a dental visit with our team the moment you think something isn’t really right with your oral health. As a result, you won’t mistake TMJ disorder for something else (or something else for TMD). Learn a little bit more for the time being.

TMJ Disorder Q&A: Little Changes, Big Results

When TMJ disorder affects you, it affects your daily quality of life. You rely on your jaws to open and close your mouth, which is something you do when you talk, yawn, eat, sing, laugh, and more. So, it’s easy to see that protecting your TMJ health is essential for a life that’s easy to move through on a day-to-day basis. However, you may worry that the methods of improvement we offer aren’t going to help much (or that you’ll need some seriously major work). Fortunately, you don’t need to stress. Let’s address the details with some Qs and As so you see treatment is not as big a deal as you might think.

Your TMJ Problem: 3 Things That Are Not Helping

When you’re struggling with TMJ problems, there are a lot of factors that may come into play. We know that as you begin to become familiar with this disorder that interrupts your daily function and your ability to enjoy the comfortable use of your jaw joints, it’s hard to figure out where to begin. Fortunately, we can help you by making some simple suggestions for your day-to-day experience. Of course, we also have one major suggestion that will help immensely: Come see us.

Sore Jaw: How Dental Checkups Help

It’s very easy to forget just how powerful your dental checkup can be for your oral health. Did you know, for instance, that it can help you avoid a sore jaw, prevent problems associated with this issue, and even quickly address the beginning of disorders that will lead to uncomfortable and damaged TMJs (temporomandibular joints or jaw joints)? It’s true. Let’s walk you through the ways prevention can really help, so you recognize the significance of keeping up with scheduling your visits.

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