If you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you already know how painful this often debilitating condition can be. Unfortunately, sometimes finding relief for that pain is nearly impossible. The good news is that with neuromuscular dentistry, TMJ disorder pain can subside and you can go back to living a normal, pain-free life. But in the meantime, lingering pain doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. Here are some tips and tricks you can try to help ease TMJ disorder pain, whether you’re under treatment for the condition or not.
You’ve heard of physical therapy to treat injuries in the body following accidents or injury, but did you know you can also do physical therapy for your temporomandibular joint too? In fact, physical therapy can complement your neuromuscular dentistry treatment, making both the therapy and the dental treatment that much more effective.
Though using Botox for TMJ disorder is not yet FDA approved, nor is it covered by insurance (and it can be pricey), many patients notice a marked improvement in their TMJD pain following this procedure. While it isn’t a permanent fix for your TMJ disorder, it may provide some temporary relief.
If your jaw is feeling stiff and painful, a hot compress could help relax the muscle and make it easier to open and close a stiffened jaw. Apply the compress wrapped in a towel directly to the area that is in pain and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.
Yes, you read that right. Some patients swear by using essential oils for TMJ disorder pain relief. Oils to try including clary sage, lavender, eucalyptus, marjoram, chamomile and vetiver. Only use oils as directed and do not apply directly to the skin without a base oil. It is recommended that you consult with a natural healing professional before attempting to use oils on your own.
Neuromuscular dentistry is the process of realigning the jaw so that the temporomandibular joint is in its proper place. This will enable the jaw to open and close properly and without pain. Neuromuscular dentistry is not a "quick fix" - it is a permanent fix to TMJ disorder.
To learn more about neuromuscular dentistry, please call Dr. Lederman’s office at 516-882-1764.