Medications for TMJ: Do they work?
If you struggle with a TMJ disorder, it can truly wreak havoc on your life. Otherwise known as a temporomandibular disorder, TMJ involves issues with the vital joint that connects both parts of your jaw.
This intricate system of nerves, bone, and muscle works perfectly when all is in order, allowing you to chew, talk, and bite without a problem. However, if there is strain, inflammation, or a misalignment, you can find yourself dealing with a host of symptoms that can bring you a world of pain.
Trying to solve your TMJ troubles with pain medication is a temporary fix
When your jaw isn’t working properly, regardless of the reason, it can have a ripple affect that causes a host of unpleasant TMJ symptoms. They include:
- Pain and tenderness in your jaw
- Chronic migraines
- A stiff or sore neck
- Ear pain
- Eye or face pain
- A popping noise when you chew, accompanied by pain
When painful symptoms are plaguing you, you’ll do anything to make them stop. While anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers are a common solution, they are only a temporary fix. Like trying to bail water out of a leaky boat, medication will never get to the root of the problem and the pain will come back. You need to get to the source of the problem to find long-lasting relief.
TMJ treatment is the answer
Find out what is causing your TMJ troubles and you can find a TMJ solution. A dentist trained in the principles of neuromuscular dentistry can provide you with an evaluation, based on a physical examination, bite analysis, and medical imaging.
Once the root of your problem has been identified, you can be provided with treatment. From wearing a mouth guard at night to physical therapy and massage to dental resoration or orthotics, you’ll find that there are many ways to provide you with the long-lasting pain relief that you have been looking for.
With time, attention to your particular situation, and persistence, you can live a pain-free life once more.?If you would like to learn more about TMJ treatment, please schedule a complimentary consultation.