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Remedies for jaw muscle aches (jaw pain)

Jaw pain is often related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, bruxism, and/or trauma. The TMJ is the joint that connects the condyle of the jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. This joint allows the jaw to perform the movements associated with masticatory function.

When temporomandibular dysfunction exists, problems in the joint and muscles can cause: pain in the jaw and/or neck, stiffness in the muscles, limitation of opening, and movement of the jaw. In addition,  clicks (clicks or pops) when moving the jaw can also be uncomfortable or painful.

Sometimes the symptoms of TMJ disorders disappear without treatment. However, if your symptoms persist, your dentist or doctor will recommend the right treatment for you.

In this post, we will explain some of the non-interventional options that you can do at home under the supervision of a professional. This professional will indicate which is the best and most indicated for your specific case.

Medications (jaw pain)

These medications can help relieve the jaw pain associated with TMJ disorders:

Pain relievers and anti-inflammatories: If over-the-counter pain relievers and/or anti-inflammatories are not enough to relieve TMJ pain. Your dentist or doctor can prescribe higher-dose pain relievers to help with the pain
Tricyclic antidepressants-These medications are usually used for depression, but at reduced doses, they are rarely used to relieve pain and control bruxism.
Muscle relaxants-These types of drugs are used temporarily to relieve pain caused by TMJ disorders created by muscle spasms.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies for jaw pain

Above all, the first step is to become aware of habits related to muscle tension, such as clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth, biting or chewing on pencils, will help reduce the frequency of these. These are some of the home remedies you can take to decrease the pain:

Reduce the overuse of muscles. Eat soft foods. Moreover, you can Cut food into pieces to avoid over-chewing. Avoid sticky or hard foods like candy or gum.
Stretching and massaging- Some physical therapy exercises can stretch and strengthen jaw muscles, and massaging your muscles can reduce discomfort.
Relaxation techniques-Breathing intentionally slowed down and taking regular deep breaths can help relax muscle tension and reduce pain.

In conclusion, the most important thing is the diagnosis that your dentist or maxillofacial surgeon can make. Once the necessary diagnostic tests have been carried out, the most appropriate treatment will be applied. Some of the most common treatments are: splinting, orthodontics, prosthesis treatment, and botox treatment.

At BLASI Clínica Dental Barcelona our specialists will offer you the best solution for your case to solve your problems of jaw pain or temporomandibular dysfunction.

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