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Keep Painful TMJ Off Your Thanksgiving Menu! [BLOG]

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As much as we all look forward to the long Thanksgiving weekend, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit that it can be stressful.

Let’s face it, this isn’t the sort of holiday gathering you can just throw together last minute.

It’s one of the busiest weekends for travel because you’re visiting relatives who live far away, or you’re getting your own house ready to make room for out-of-town visitors.

You might even be the one in charge of the Thanksgiving menu. Oh, and there’s Black Friday to think about!

It’s a lot to prepare for, and when you’re suffering from the miserable pain and muscle tension of TMJ disorder, you’ll hardly be able to focus on much else!

TMJ is the temporomandibular joint that helps you move your jaw. If something goes wrong with it, there’s a consequential series of painful symptoms that can steal anyone’s holiday joy.

Fortunately, our team at Tieken Smiles in League City, TX is here to offer solutions so that doesn’t happen to you!

You Don’t Need The Distraction Of TMJ Pain

Pain of any kind isn’t just miserable, but it’s also distracting. Because chronic pain in your jaw, then, attacks you on a physical and psychological level, it’s impossible to be present and enjoy your life.

These are a few of the most common complaints patients with TMJ disorder, or TMD, have when they come to us for help:

*Difficulty or discomfort when chewing food

*Clicking sounds in your jaw

*Earache pain

*Painful headaches

*Teeth grinding and jaw clenching

*Lockjaw

*Muscle tension in the jaw, neck, face, or shoulders

Symptoms like these are not something you need, want, or deserve, especially around the holidays!

Keep Painful TMJ Off The Thanksgiving Menu!

Let’s talk about strategy!

First, we look at the root cause of your symptoms to determine if it can be traced back to alignment problems with your jaw joint. You might be thinking about when or how you may have injured it, but blunt trauma isn’t the only way to ignite malfunction with your TMJ.

It’s more common than it might sound. Here are a few reasons people struggle with this disorder:

*Teeth grinding and clenching

*Pain sensitivity

*Improper posture

*Chronic stress

*Your bite or teeth position

*Arthritis

Another interesting risk factor is your age and gender, actually. Women who are between the ages of 18 – 44 tend to be affected by TMJ disorder more than others.

But it can happen to anyone.

The important thing is what we can do about it. At Tieken Smiles, we can custom-create a night guard to wear while you sleep, since that’s when most people clench and grind their teeth and jaw without meaning to.

A mouthguard will fit over your upper and lower teeth, which allows your jaw to heal and your painful symptoms to stop. We can also discuss orthodontic options if your TMD stems from specific problems with your bite.

Call Us TODAY!

You don’t have to add pain management to your holiday menu this season.

Instead, you can find relief with our TMJ solutions in League City, TX and settle in for some delicious food and quality time with your family.

We look forward to helping you! Call Tieken Smiles today at 281-942-6615 or fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.

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