Like a toothache, jaw pain can range from mild to severe, depending on the specifics of its cause. However, if you suffer from TMJ disorder, a dysfunction that affects your jaw’s joints, then the aching could also be accompanied by a number of other symptoms, like headaches. Usually, the only way to find relief from TMJ pain is to seek professional treatment from your dentist. However, you may be able to find a temporary reprieve with a few tips on alleviating the discomfort of TMJ disorder.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, develops when your jaw’s joints (TMJs) become damaged or inflamed, or when they forced out of alignment and can no longer function smoothly. Because the joints allow your jaw to move, TMJ disorder can hinder that movement, or make it so uncomfortable that biting and chewing become painful, difficult tasks. The symptoms of TMJ disorder can include jaw pain, but can also involve;
- Chronic headaches
- Frequent earaches
- Popping/clicking sensation in your jaw
- Sharp pains in your jaw and facial muscles
- Jaw muscle spasms and/or unconscious teeth-grinding (bruxism)
Temporary Relief from TMJ Pain
In most cases, TMJ disorder requires a professional assessment, diagnosis, and treatment before you can find permanent relief. Yet, you may be able to find temporary relief with a few at-home tips;
- Use an ice-pack on the painful side of your mouth to relieve pain and reduce swelling
- Use a heating pad or hot water bottle to relax the tension in your jaw’s muscles
- Gently massage your jaw’s joints on either side of your face
- Eat softer foods to reduce the pressure on your TMJs
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol, Aspirin, or Ibuprofen
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