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The temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw play an important role in the overall function of your mouth. They are employed to help you speak, make certain facial expressions, as well as allowing you to chew and break down food before swallowing.

TMJ disorder is a general term used to describe discomfort or physical dysfunction in one, or both, of the temporomandibular joints. It can include symptoms such as a dull ache in the jaw muscles, and temples, as well as discomfort when biting down hard. Some people will also experience a clicking sensation or a suddenly having one of the joints lock up.

If you are struggling with any of these symptoms you should consider having your TMJ disorder diagnosed by one of the orthodontists at Renaissance Dental. Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS can determine the severity of your TMJ disorder to help develop a treatment plan.

This often starts with making some minor lifestyle changes. This could include eating softer foods for a few weeks, as well as occasionally applying ice packs or periodically performing some basic jaw stretching exercises. If Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS feels it is warranted hemight also advocate taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medications.

It’s also worth noting that grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can also contribute to TMJ disorder symptoms. If Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS thinks this is a contributing factor, he might recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth.

If you don’t show significant improvement within a few weeks, Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS might recommend more advanced treatment strategies.

If you live in the Owasso, Oklahoma, area and you are struggling with symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 918-272-0707 to schedule an appointment with the orthodontic specialists at Renaissance Dental.