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TMJ Disorder is a simple term used to describe discomfort or dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. It can be caused by a variety of different sources, such as problems with a past dislocation in one of the joints, early onset of arthritis, or chronic teeth grinding.

After professional diagnosis at Mid-Valley Dental Care, Dr. Terence Lau might develop a treatment plan that starts with some simple lifestyle modifications.

This might call for eating softer foods, applying ice packs to the area, and performing some basic jaw stretching exercises. Dr. Terence Lau might also advocate taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.

Using a dental guard when you sleep at night to cushion the relationship between both sets of your teeth can help. It can also allow a little slip during unconscious teeth grinding to reduce tension in the muscles and ligaments. This is even more likely to be the case if you suspect your TMJ disorder symptoms are related to grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis.

If you don’t experience significant symptom relief in within a few weeks, Dr. Terence Lau might advocate more advanced treatment strategies. This could call for the use of prescription anti-inflammatory medication or muscle relaxers.

Should you still experience significant discomfort, Dr. Terence Lau will discuss more invasive treatment methods. This could call for a treatment method like acupuncture, a stabilization splint, or surgical intervention.

If you live in the Northridge, California, area and you’ve been struggling with TMJ discomfort, you should call 818-886-3500 to develop an effective treatment strategy with Dr. Terence Lau.