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Many of our patients have questions about TMJ disorder and how they can treat the condition if they have it. We are here to answer FAQs about TMJ disorder and treatment for your benefit.

What is your TMJ?
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, connects the jaw to the rest of the head. If it is injured or inflamed, you can develop a TMJ disorder.

What causes TMJ disorder?
You can develop disharmony in the TMJ if you have poor posture, misaligned jaws, a habit of chewing lots of gum, stress, tooth injury, teeth grinding, or trauma to the jaw.

How can TMJ disorder affect you?
Common results of TMJ disorder include jaw pain, a locked jaw, clicking or popping when you open your mouth or chew, vertigo, headaches and migraines, earaches and ear popping, facial pain, and stiff jaw muscles.

What are the options for treatment TMJ disorder?
You can soothe jaw discomfort with nonsteroidal over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, reducing stress, applying ice packs to the joint, performing stretches and massages, eating soft foods, and ceasing gum chewing.

Additional options for TMJ treatment include:

– Treating teeth grinding with a mouth guard or night guard

– Relieving the jaw with a dental splint, which is similar to a mouth guard

– Taking anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, steroids, and other drugs

– Exercises the jaw through physical therapy

– Jaw surgery in advanced cases

To learn more about how to treat TMJ disorder in Texarkana, Magnolia, or De Queen, Texas, call 903-334-8080 and schedule a time to speak with our dentist, Dr. Stacee Burson, about your condition. We look forward to seeing you at Orthodontics by Dr. Burson!