I really think I have TMJ. My jaw hurts and my ears ache. Sometimes when I chew I hear a clicking sound in my ear, but it isn’t all of the time. I have some neck pain also. I searched the symptoms online and everything points to TMJ. Although I’ve read several articles online I want some tips from a professional on what I can do to treat my TMJ disorder at home. I am grinding my teeth at night too and I am starting to get headaches. Thanks for your tips. – Thomas T.
Thomas – Although your symptoms fit the description of TMJ, don’t diagnose yourself. Get the assistance of a dentist who is trained in diagnosing and treating TMJ.
If you receive a diagnosis of TMJ, there are some things you can do at home to help alleviate your pain. You can alternate hot and cold packs on your jaw, do jaw exercises, and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Your dentist will also have recommendations on what you can do at home to alleviate your discomfort and pain.
Your pain and teeth grinding need the attention of a dentist who specializes in TMJ treatment. Much of your pain may be caused by your teeth grinding. If that’s the case, a customized mouth guard to prevent you from grinding is worth the visit to a dentist. It will greatly relieve your jaw pain, neck pain, and headaches. Some patients report improved sleep, too.
The dentist will take impressions of your teeth to ensure your mouth guard fits well so you get maximum results. Some people buy appliances at drugstores, hoping to relieve their symptoms. But store-bought appliances don’t really fit your mouth, and they wear out quickly.
Make an appointment with a dentist to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment that are customized to your situation.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.