Does your jaw hurt when you open your mouth? If it also hurts when you talk, yawn, or chew, and if you have difficulty opening and closing your mouth, you might need TMJ treatment in Hueytown. All these symptoms are indicative of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
In some cases, home care can manage the condition, but professional treatment is necessary for patients with chronic pain. Studies show that one of the contributing factors to TMD is stress.
TMJ or temporomandibular joints are located on both sides of your face connecting your lower jaw to your skull. They aid in movements like speaking and chewing. TMD is a condition where your temporomandibular joints are not functioning properly. It occurs when the ligaments and muscles around your joints become irritated and inflamed. TMD can be acute or chronic and can cause mild to severe pain.
People who are stressed can trigger TMJ disorder symptoms. The symptoms worsen during stressful situations. One possible explanation is that when you are under stress, your body releases stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which can result in muscle tension throughout your body, including your facial and jaw muscles.
As a result, people tend to clench their jaws. Clenching and grinding will put unnecessary pressure on your temporomandibular joints leading to pain and discomfort. Furthermore, stress can cause you to engage in unhealthy behaviors that can worsen the symptoms, such as eating hard foods and chewing gum.
If stress worsens your symptoms, you should find ways to address stress. Examples of stress-reducing strategies include relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing. Engaging in physical exercise also helps relieve tension in your body.
It’s also helpful to identify the reason behind what’s causing the stress, whether it’s your work or relationships with people. Addressing these matters can reduce your stress level.
Some doctors prescribe medications to help relieve TMJ pain. Examples of these medications are the following:
With proper treatment, your doctor will be able to treat TMJ successfully. Church Family Dental offers a wide range of dental services to improve oral health. Our goal is to offer the absolute best experience. Contact us for a consultation.