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Pop Quiz: Can You Name 3 Treatments for TMJ Disorder?

If your jaw is popping, you may be the perfect person to take this “pop” quiz. TMJ stands for temporo-mandibular joint, aka the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your head. This complicated piece of anatomy allows you to chew all those fabulous lunches you munch, with both a sliding and a hinging motion. If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth a lot, you can cause damage to that joint, and end up in discomfort or even pain. If your TMJ causes enough problems, your dentist may consider diagnosing you with a TMJ disorder. Can you name these 3 treatments for TMJ disorder?

This Treatment May Be Your First Step

Before you even visit your dentist, your first idea may be to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. While there is nothing inherently wrong with taking a painkiller like this for a short period of time, if you find yourself taking these for longer than the directions suggest, you should be quick to schedule a visit with your dentist. Extended use of these kind of medications can have a negative impact on your liver or stomach or even potentially your perception of pain.

Your Dentist Can Provide This Treatment

The next treatment you pursue could be an occlusal appliance from your dentist. We offer a soft appliance to wear while sleeping that will help to cushion your teeth and can even reposition your jaw if necessary. This can help to mitigate the grinding and clenching, especially at night, and will be custom fitted for you.

You Might Not Guess This Treatment

The final treatment on our “pop” quiz is botox injections. These can help ease the discomfort that TMJ disorder often creates. The effect of the botox injections can last between 4 and 6 months. To find out whether you’re a good candidate for these treatments, contact your dentist for a consultation about your specific case.