When treating your TMJ symptoms, it is always best to practice good behaviors in addition to wearing your dental splints. Practicing the “do’s and don’ts” can help improve your TMJ symptoms and put you on the path to a pain free life. Do not eat hard or crunchy foods that may require prolonged chewing. Stick to a soft diet if possible or cut your food into small pieces. Do not bite food with your front teeth and try to avoid opening your mouth wide. If you are wearing a dental splint, do not play with it with your teeth or tongue. Try not to clinch or grind your teeth and remember to keep your teeth slightly apart, breathing through your nose, not your mouth. Do not bite your nails, lower lip, or chew on any objects including gum. If you notice soreness or pain in your jaw, try to correct your habit right away and remember to try to avoid this action in the future.
At AZTMJ, Dr. Stan Farrell is one of the best-qualified doctors in the country for treating TMJ pain. His state-of-the-art treatments are proven to alleviate pain over the long term without the dangers of addiction to prescribed medications. Dr. Stan Farrell’s non-invasive approach to treating TMJ, which includes the use of a dental splint device, can often reposition the jaw without discomfort and helps strengthen facial muscles to assist in maintaining the proper jaw position over the long term. If you or someone you know is experiencing jaw pain or any type of facial pain please schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us at www.az-tmj.com for more information.