Are you one of the many La Grange residents suffering from the painful symptoms of a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ? If so, visiting your dentist is one excellent way to get the relief you need. Here are four ways James M. Maragos, D.D.S. can help relieve your TMJ symptoms.
1. Diagnose Your Condition
The first step in treating TMJ, or any other dental health condition, is a proper diagnosis to ensure that your symptoms aren't caused by a different problem. To do this, your La Grange dentist will give you a physical exam, ask you several questions about your symptoms and take X-rays. Once your condition is confirmed, you'll be able to move ahead with treatment.
2. Suggest Lifestyle Changes
If your TMJ is mild, you may be able to effectively manage your symptoms using only the lifestyle changes your La Grange dentist will recommend. These changes may include avoiding gum, avoiding opening your mouth too wide, applying ice packs and reducing your stress level.
3. Prescribe Medication
If your pain cannot be controlled through these accommodations alone, Dr. Maragos may recommend or prescribe a pain medication to help. Depending on the severity of your pain, he may recommend a simple over-the-counter pain reliever, or he may write a prescription for a stronger painkiller, a sedative or a muscle relaxant.
4. Recommend Various Therapies
In addition to medication and lifestyle changes, your La Grange dentist may recommend additional therapies as well. Models may be needed to determine whether a bite guard or bite adjustment would be helpful to you. If you are having pain, a small bite device can be made quickly to help reduce the pain and keep you from grinding and/or clenching. Physical therapies, including stretches and ultrasound, can support healthy jaw muscles and reduce pain. Counseling can help you identify any underlying causes of jaw pain so they can be eliminated.
Your TMJ doesn't have to cause you jaw pain forever. Call and schedule an appointment with La Grange dentist Dr. Maragos to find the relief you need today.