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Are you familiar with what a TMJ disorder is? TMJ disorders arise due to damage to your temporomandibular joints. Your temporomandibular joints, also known as your TMJs, are joints within your jaw that are designed to make it possible to open and close your mouth as needed along with chewing food and speaking properly. If for any reason these joints are damaged, a TMJ disorder will result.

Typical treatments for TMJ disorders include the following:

– Ice packs and heat packs are extremely effective for dealing with inflammation or pain accordingly.

– Eating softer foods can be beneficial for jawbones that have been weakened due to TMJ disorders.

– If you wish to strengthen your jaw, exercises, as well as meditative techniques such as yoga and calming music have been shown to be beneficial not only for alleviating stress and pressure off of your jaw but also to help promote additional functions to it.

– If for any reason you continue to suffer from TMJ disorders, visit your dentist for a night guard or bite plate application.

If you are to ever find herself suffering from a TMJ disorder, it may be linked to an underlying condition such as arthritis, dislocations, oral accidents or injuries that have occurred, tooth and jaw misalignments, bruxism, or other issues that place too much strain on your jaw.

Are you suffering from a TMJ disorder? If so, please come visit the dental office of Bryce E. Justesen, DDS in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Bryce E. Justesen and our team can be reached at 480.827.1234.