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TMJ Disorder or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is caused by pain in the area of the lower jaw where the head and jaw connect. The pain experienced may be a result of muscles in the area, problems with the joint, teeth clenching or grinding, or pain in the face around that area. TMJ Disorder can cause severe pain, soreness and problems with speech. Some of the causes for pain and soreness in the area are:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Tension from grinding or clenching
  • Stress
  • Injury
  • Arthritis

Although some of the pain in the TMJ area subsides over time, sometimes the pain will remain.  Some steps can be taken to help relieve discomfort:

  • Mouthguards/Nightguards
  • Use ice packs and mild heat packs
  • Eat soft foods
  • Relaxation of the jaws – avoid extreme movements or jaw clenching
  • Pain medication

If mild treatments do not work, other options may be explored and you may need to see a TMJ pain specialist.

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