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Healthy and efficient oral function often relies on the smooth and comfortable function of the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. However, certain lifestyle factors can start to affect these complex joints. Sometimes a past dislocation of a temporomandibular joint, oral trauma or muscular tension related to chronic night grinding can lead to inflammation and physical dysfunction.

Early symptoms of TMJ disorder can include a discomfort in the muscles in front of the ears or temples, as well as discomfort when biting down. Some people with TMJ disorder also experience a persistent ache in the joints, uncomfortable clicking in one of the temporomandibular joints.

Professional diagnosis from an dentist like Dr. Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting is essential for developing and effective treatment strategy. Once they assesses the severity and symptoms of your TMJ disorder they can help you understand your treatment options.

A common first step toward symptom relief often calls for eating a diet that includes more soft foods, consuming a daily dose of anti-inflammatory medication and using hot or cold packs to soothe jaw muscles. Some patients also benefit from simple facial stretches or using a dental guard while sleeping.

If you don’t experience significant symptom relief over the course of a few weeks Dr. Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting might recommend a more advanced treatment strategy.

If you live in the Appleton, Wisconsin, area and you have noticed the early signs of TMJ disorder, you should call 920.739.9612 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S..