If you don’t want to grin and bear it anymore and would like some professional advice on how to handle your TMJ disorder, call Lakewood Dental Centre at 204-977-8515 today. We have helped many patients soothe their symptoms and have also provided many TMJ treatments and migraine and headache solutions at our Winnipeg, MB dentist office.
We aim to provide a large variety of dental treatment options and some services that you might not expect from a dentist. If you’re curious about various options involving your smile, check with us because there’s a good chance that we can help.
So paying for your care doesn’t need to be a headache, we accept many methods of payment. We also offer some evening and morning hours to better fit your busy schedule. You can book with us as early as 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and also see us late until:
- 6:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesday
- 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays
- 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays
Fight Back Against TMJ Disorder With These Relaxation Tips
TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint, which is just the technical term for your complex jaw joints. When you think about how some of your joints, like your knee joint for example, move only one direction back and forth, and then take a moment to see how many ways you can move your jaw, you may start to appreciate just how complex your TMJ is.
Partially because of the complexity of your TMJ, a lot of people have trouble with their jaw joints at some point or another, but if you’re regularly experiencing any of the following symptoms, there’s a good chance you have a jaw-related disorder:
- Migraines and/or headaches
- Teeth grinding
- A tired and/or sore feeling in your jaw and face
- Tenderness and/or pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders
- Your jaw making clicking, popping, or grating noises when you open and close your mouth
- Feeling as though your jaws are suddenly not fitting together as they should
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- A jaw that gets stuck closed or opened
Even if you do occasionally experience some of these issues, you should visit us for a professional opinion on your particular case instead of simply diagnosing yourself.
If we determine that you could benefit from a TMJ treatment, we will provide a custom solution. Most likely, we will provide an oral appliance that will prevent you from grinding your teeth so your jaw can heal. But there’s also a lot you can do to deal with jaw-related problems on your own.
Rather than reaching for medications straight away, try inhaling some calming essential oils. There are many options, but our patients often mention lavender, bergamot, and chamomile.
You can also try thinking of a pleasant, calming memory to help you release some of your tension.
Breathing exercises are also a great option for many people. The important thing is that you take deep breaths and regulate your breathing. One popular method is the 4-7-8 approach where you:
- Inhale deeply and slowly through your nose for a count of four
- Hold that breath for a count of seven
- Release the breath through your lips while making a “whooshing” sound for eight seconds
We’d be happy to discuss other approaches and help you find some that work for you!