How to Ease Symptoms of TMD
- Posted on: Aug 15 2017
You may like to have a clicker for your television, car, and surround sound, but the last thing you want is to have a jaw that gives off the same tune. As a condition that causes your jaw to click, ache, and swell, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is something that Dr. Paul Peterson has specialized training and equipment to treat. And although this condition can be a literal pain, there are a few ways to ease your symptoms. From at-home treatments to in-office ones, this article will list a few options you have to choose from. Read on to learn more.
Before we perform any treatment for your TMD, we like our patients to try a few at-home remedies first. If your TMD is fairly mild, you should find some relief by doing things such as icing your jaw, applying heat to it, avoiding hard-to-chew foods like steak, and exercising your jaw by moving it side to side. Additionally, you can also massage your jaw by applying some pressure with your index and middle finger and rubbing it in a circular motion.
Unfortunately, at-home solutions may not give you any relief. This is because the pain you are having related to TMD is often part of a degenerative condition that has slowing progressed over your life time. Dr. Paul Peterson may recommend one of our in-office neuromuscular treatments. Depending on the severity of your TMD and the damage that has already been done, Dr. Peterson will create a customized treatment plan that can include an array of procedures including TENS, Laser biostimulation removable orthotics, neuromuscular sleep appliances, orthopedic craniofacial growth combined with orthodontics, porcelain reconstructions, and fixed orthotics. During your initial consultation with Dr. Peterson, you will go over all of these options to help you gain a better understanding of what they can do for you.
If you are sick of the constant clicking, aching, and sore jaw that comes along with TMD, it’s time to come into Dr. Paul Peterson’s office to learn more about at-home and in-office treatments. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Paul Peterson today!
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