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Avoid TMJ Headaches On Thanksgiving [BLOG]

Life is all about risk and reward. It’s why you spend long hours during the week working hard to earn a living. You know that if you didn’t work, you couldn’t provide the kind of life for your family that you want.

That’s why when it comes to the demands this time of year that Thanksgiving and other holidays can place on us, we happily accept the extra load. We know that the reward is the chance to enjoy quality time with the people you care about most and food we love!

But here’s where things get a little more complicated and cumbersome. It’s much harder to take on the extra time, effort, and energy to prepare for the holidays when you’re in pain.

When you’re already overwhelmed with the added chores on the to-do list, one excruciating migraine can send you off a cliff into the abyss of misery.

Our team at Restorative & Implant Dentistry wants to help you avoid that trap this Thanksgiving with TMJ treatment at our Pompano Beach, FL dental office. We can help you find the relief you need to enjoy a pain-free holiday season!

Today, we’re shedding light on the uncomfortable affliction of TMJ disorder and how we can help you avoid the headaches and other painful symptoms so it doesn’t ruin your Thanksgiving weekend plans.

Is Your Thanksgiving Threatened By TMJ?

TMJ refers to the joint that connects your skull and your jaw, the temporomandibular joint as it’s officially called. It’s a joint that’s under constant stress because it’s used every single day all day long.

Your TMJ is continuously working, and because of that constant strain, it can sometimes malfunction. It could be forced out of alignment due to some kind of accident or trauma, or just years of overuse and wear.

When that happens, the misalignment can cause TMJ disorder, or TMD. Typically, TMJ is used pretty interchangeably to mean the same as TMD.

Whatever you want to call it, this joint can give you all sorts of fits when it’s shifted out of alignment. The symptoms of TMJ are really uncomfortable, and sometimes, flat out painful! Here are some common signs that TMJ could be causing you trouble:

-Frequent painful headaches and migraines

-Earache-like pain

-Muscle tension in the back, neck, and shoulders

-Pain or tenderness in the jaw

-Pain or tension in the facial area

-Grinding and clenching your teeth

How To Avoid The TMJ Headache!

It’s difficult to know for sure what causes TMJ disorder, specifically. Even experts haven’t come to a consensus on that issue. But the good news is that there are common treatments to help you overcome its disruptive impact on your life!

Our own Dr. Slootsky began a quest to find effective solutions for TMJ nearly 35 years ago because his wife was suffering from it. His commitment to helping patients find relief has continued to this day at Restorative & Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Slootsky can custom-craft an oral appliance to help keep your upper and lower teeth from touching so that you’re not putting pressure on your joint with teeth clenching and grinding. Thanks to our in-house technology, you can get your appliance sooner and get out of pain faster!

But we don’t stop there. Our Pompano Beach, FL dental office offers Muscle Release Therapy and Cranial-Sacral Therapy, both of which are great tools for easing all the muscle and joint tension that builds up as a result of TMJ disorder

Don’t Let TMJ Ruin Your Thanksgiving!

Before you get caught up in the hectic preparations and demands of Thanksgiving, make sure you put the painful TMJ symptoms behind you. As you gather with family and friends later this month, you deserve to enjoy the lovely company free from distracting, uncomfortable TMJ issues.

It’s not too late to let our team at Restorative & Implant Dentistry help you find relief so you can focus on the things that really matter this holiday season!

Call our Pompano Beach, FL dental office today at 954-590-0538 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.