TMJ Exercises for Pain Relief

TMJ Pain ReliefIs it possible that there are exercises that could ease the pain of TMJ?

Certainly, if you are one of the millions of people who suffer from reoccurring TMJ pain symptoms such as painful migraine headaches, you’d like to think so.

Sometimes when the pain is caused by a jaw injury, discomfort can go away on its own with time. When the root cause of TMJ pain is less obvious, some people have found that TMJ exercises can help ease the pain.

TMJ pain symptoms are different between patients; some experience continuous pain, others have pain that comes and goes, some experience a locking, stiff jaw, or experience a popping when they open and close their mouth.

Related: TMJ Headache Treatments

Because of the various causes of TMJ and the symptoms people experience, there is no universal exercise for TMJ pain relief.

TMJ Headache Treatment PlanoThat doesn’t mean that TMJ exercises might not work for you. They do work for some patients at easing pain or helping build up strength in the jaw. They are also a good starting place for pain relief treatments. If exercises don’t work, then you can move on to other TMJ treatment methods.

Related: Botox for TMJ Migraine Treatment

Let’s review the most common TMJ exercises and how they work. They may just help ease your pain.

Types of TMJ Exercises

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Mobility exercises
  • Relaxation exercises

The different types of TMJ exercises exist to achieve four basic goals: strengthen the jaw, stretch the temporomandibular joint, improve the mobility of the temporomandibular joint or provide relaxation to treat stress-induced TMJ pain.

TMJ exercises you can do at home

Relaxed jaw exercise

Rest your tongue gently on the top of your mouth behind your upper front teeth. Allow your teeth to come apart while relaxing your jaw muscles.

Goldfish exercises (partial opening)

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and one finger in front of your ear where your TMJ is located. Put your middle or pointer finger on your chin. Drop your lower jaw halfway and then close. There should be mild resistance but not pain. A variation of this exercise is to place one finger on each TMJ as you drop your lower jaw halfway and closed again. Do this exercise six times in one set. You should do one set six times daily.

Goldfish exercises (full opening)

Keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth, place one finger on your TMJ and another finger on your chin. Drop your lower jaw completely and back. For a variation of this exercise, place one finger on each TMJ as you completely drop your lower jaw and back. Do this exercise six times to complete one set. You should complete one set six times daily.

Chin Tucks

With your shoulders back and chest up, pull your chin straight back, creating a “double chin.” Hold for three seconds and repeat 10 times.

Resisted opening of the mouth

Place your thumb under your chin. Open your mouth slowly, pushing gently against your chin for resistance. Hold for three to six seconds, and then close your mouth slowly.

Resisted closing of the mouth

Squeeze your chin with your index and thumb with one hand. Close your mouth as you place gently pressure on your chin. This will help strengthen your muscles that help you chew.

Tongue up

With your tongue touching the roof of your mouth, slowly open and close your mouth.

Side-to-side jaw movement

Put a ¼ inch object, such as stacked tongue depressors, between your front teeth, and slowly move your jaw from side to side. As the exercise becomes easier, increase the thickness of the object between your teeth by stacking them one on top of each other.

Forward jaw movement

Put a 1/4 inch object between your front teeth. Move your bottom jaw forward so your bottom teeth are in front of your top teeth. As the exercise becomes easier, increase the thickness of the object between your teeth.

These TMJ exercises are suggested by the website Healthline. Visit the article and view images showing you how to perform these TMJ exercises correctly.

TMJ Exercises & Stretches to Relieve Jaw Pain

TMJ Pain Relief with Simple Exercises & Stretches

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Ready to learn TMJ Treatment Options in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience testing and diagnosing TMJ Disorders. He will discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

You can also discuss affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


Botox for TMJ Migraine Headaches Plano

Botox for TMJ Migraine Headaches Plano TX

BOTOX is the only FDA-approved preventive treatment for chronic migraines. 

With Botox treatment, many TMJ headaches can be prevented before they even start.

When Botox is injected into facial muscles suffering from soreness and discomfort, it relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients.

Prevent TMJ headaches with Botox

The injections can often eliminate headaches resulting from TMJ, teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, may even minimize lockjaw.

Related: What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

It is not a painful procedure and most patients compare it to getting a small pinprick. After treatment, you should be able to return to your normal routine almost immediately.

Most patients will experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take a week or more.

Related: TMJ Headache Treatment Plano

This is not the right treatment solution for all people. Botox has shown best results with people who suffer from chronic headaches. It is most effective for those who suffer from headaches (including tension-type) 15 or more days of the month, of which eight or more is a migraine.

Some patients have experienced side-effects from Botox treatments. You will need to discuss treatment and possible side effects with your doctor.

Botox injections for treatment of TMJ is not a permanent solution. You will need to new treatments every 3-4 months.

Botox is FDA approved for migraines

Botox TMJ Treatment Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor

These questions are provided for your reference so you can be prepared for your Botox TMJ headache treatment consultation.

  • How many days were you totally headache free last month?
  • How do your headaches and migraines make you feel?
  • What other treatments have you tried for headaches?
  • How often do you take over the counter or prescription treatments for headaches?
  • Will Botox work for me?
  • Any other questions you may have about Botox treatment.

As with many medical procedures, your results may vary.


Ready to learn more about Botox headache treatment in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can test and diagnose your TMJ Disorder. He will be able to discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


TMJ Headache Treatment Plano

TMJ Headache Treatment Plano

TMJ is a very broad term with multiple causes and multiple symptoms or presentations.

The patient can have pain in the joint itself, migraine headaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), stuffiness of the ears, sore chewing muscles and/or limited mouth opening, and vertigo.

Related: Tinnitus and TMJ

TMJ symptoms can be caused by a bad bite, chronic clenching, a constricted airway, stress or arthritis.

TMJ Headache Treatment Plano

If you have headaches, migraines, cracked teeth, sensitive teeth, chronic sinus problems, multiple root canals, loose teeth, worn teeth, or chipped teeth, then you may have TMJ.

There have been instances when a patient had been suffering from chronic or recurring sinus infections that went away once the patient received treatment for their TMJ problem.

Related: TMJ Exercises for Pain Relief

The management of the pain involves treating the underlying cause or causes of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms with medication alone. Full night guards or the NTI device can be used depending on which is appropriate for you. Clenching helps some people to open a constricted airway. If you do clench and grind due to sleep apnea, then an oral appliance may be considered. These are also beneficial for those who snore.

Related: What can be done about my headaches and TMJ problems?

For those who cannot control their daytime clenching, Botox often produces good results by reducing the intensity of muscle contractions.

For some people, a possible treatment is equilibration or adjusting the bite. Some patients will find that their symptoms improve or subside after equilibration. Clenching and grinding on a bad bite will cause a lot more damage to the teeth than clenching on a good bite. So, for those whose symptoms are not completely relieved by the bite adjustment, the incidence of wear and cracked teeth will be greatly reduced.

Tooth ExtractionThe patient is encouraged to participate in the treatment by:

    • Going on a soft diet for a limited time
    • Avoid chewing gum
    • Using heat or ice packs
    • Seeking stress reduction therapy if necessary

Most treatment begins with the most conservative, least invasive procedures.

One very successful treatment for migraines is the administering of Botox. Injected in specific areas a patient will find that the injections are not uncomfortable and the result is the pain relief they have been seeking. Botox is an ongoing treatment. It is not a one-time application.

In my office, I have been providing this treatment for well over 10 years with excellent success.


Seeking TMJ headache treatment in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can test and diagnose your TMJ Disorder. He will be able to discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


 

Tinnitus and TMJ

Tinnitus and TMJ

Tinnitus is a physical condition, that causes people to feel a constant ringing in the ears, sometimes accompanied by pain, even when there is no external physical noise causing it. Tinnitus is usually caused by a fault in the hearing system; it is a symptom, not a disease in itself.

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that almost 15% of Americans suffer from some form of tinnitus.

Can Tinnitus Cause TMJ Symptoms?

If you are one of the many people suffering from tinnitus then it’s likely you’ve wondered what the root cause of this condition is.

Tinnitus can be caused by just about anything that can go wrong with your ears, from wax buildup against the eardrum to head injuries and exposure to excessive noise.

Tinnitus is known to be a common side-effect from those who suffer from TMJ Disorder (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

Relationship Between TMJ and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is often one of the common symptoms of TMJ. These two symptoms are commonly experienced by the same patients. The eardrum is located very close to the temporomandibular joint, which is the main joint at issue in cases of TMD. When the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed, it can also affect the eardrum. The inflammation of the joint can affect the stabilization can cause the pain and noise associated with Tinnitus.

Very often by treating the physical ailment that is causing TMJ, the tinnitus will subside.

If a TMJ disorder is suspected, an appointment with a dentist or TMJ specialist is recommended.

Dental Anxiety

Tinnitus and TMJ Treatment

A variety of TMJ treatment options are available to treat TMJ disorder. If your tinnitus is related to your TMJ problem, the tinnitus may improve as the TMJ problems get resolved. Most treatments for TMJ are non-surgical.hea

Some options include medications, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and mouth guards. Another effective option is therapeutic Botox injections. Some people have success with alternative medicine treatments. The best way to find out what options may work for you is to schedule an appointment with a dentist who specializes in TMJ treatments.

Seeking TMJ treatment in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can test and diagnose your TMJ Disorder. He will be able to discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


 

TMJ Headaches and Migraines

TMJ Headaches and MigrainesQuestion: What can be done about my headaches and TMJ problems?

David Wilhite says:

The common denominator of TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) headaches and migraines is what is known as bruxism (clenching and grinding).

Now the big question: what causes people to clench and grind?

This has been a subject of controversy in dentistry for many years. Some dentists seem to only consider only one of the many possible causes.

The possible causes include, but may not be limited to, stress, a bad bite, habit. a sleep disorder, certain medications, recent incorrect dental restorations, and deterioration of the joint.

Since there are many possible causes, no one treatment is going to be an effective treatment for everybody. Additionally, it is certainly possible for a patient to have more than one cause.

There are a variety of possible treatments. Most so-called TMJ problems are related to pain in the jaw muscles as opposed to the joint itself. We start out with a complete, comprehensive examination to determine the most likely cause of the problem. Some patients are able to find relief by doing TMJ exercises.

Related: TMJ Pain Relief

Some of the possible treatments are a bite splint, Botox in the jaw muscles, as bite adjustment, muscle relaxers, and a snore appliance.

There are pluses and minuses to all of these treatments. An example would be the case of a patient receiving a bite splint and the grinding getting worse or the patient being unable to wear the splint. This would be a good indication that the patient actually has sleep apnea and needs a snore guard. In this case, the bite splint took up too much tongue space and shifted the tongue backward which made the apnea or snoring worse.

Related: What can be done about sleep apnea and snoring?

Sometimes various treatments have to be tried until the right one or more is found to be effective.

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Additional TMJ Information:

TMJ Disorders – Mayo Clinic

TMJ Home Remedies

TMJ Exercises for Pain Relief

TMJ Disorders – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Teeth Grinding

Why Do I Grind My Teeth?

Anxiety and stress can cause many negative reactions in the body and teeth grinding is one of them. However, most cases of teeth grinding occur subconsciously while sleeping. It is estimated that nearly 80% of people that grind their teeth do it subconsciously. Sleep apnea may also play a part in teeth grinding.

Related: What can be done about apnea and snoring?

How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth?

Many people are not aware that they are grinding their teeth at all. A dull headache, facial pain, tooth sensitivity, or sore jaw upon waking up is a surefire sign of teeth grinding at night. Pain that feels like an earache can also be a symptom. Sometimes teeth grinding can be heard by others in the home, while the tooth grinder is asleep. A dentist can also identify signs of tooth wear from grinding.

Why Is It Bad To Grind My Teeth?

Long term tooth grinding can lead to tooth wear, fracture, periodontal (gum) disease, loss of teeth, abfraction (loss of tooth structure not caused by tooth decay), and painful Tempromandibular (jaw joint) issues. To repair the damage from grinding, dentists may use root canals, crowns, bridges, and even dentures.

How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

There are a variety of options to help solve teeth grinding issues. Some dentists will fit patients will mouth guards or dental guards to wear when they sleep. Some cases of grinding need dental correction in which a dentist reshapes teeth or crowns for better alignment and prevention of further grinding issues. If the cause of grinding is stress related, patients can find relief in stress counseling or therapy. Lastly, breaking the habit of jaw clenching during the day can also help prevent tooth grinding.

If you suspect you grind your teeth, contact your dentist for an appointment to diagnose and treat your issues.