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Is your jaw causing you excess pain? Your TMJs, also called your temporomandibular joints, are joints in your jaw that play a vital role in your mouth’s ability to open and close. Some signs that they may be damaged include irregular popping noises from your jaw, the inability to have full movement when opening and closing your mouth, pain within your jaw or in and around your ears, and deep aching when speaking, chewing, or yawning.

If your TMJs have become damaged, here are some helpful techniques that can lead to a successful recovery:

– Your TMJ disorder could be caused by another underlying condition such as bruxism, which is a condition responsible for grinding or gnashing your teeth unconsciously, often while asleep.
– Meditative methods including yoga, calming music, and biofeedback are excellent stress relievers that can alleviate jaw pressure.
– Joint pain associated with TMJ disorders can be lessened with heat or ice packs.
– Certain foods and numerous habits can damage your TMJs, including nail-biting, chewing gum, or rough or chewy foods such as steak.

Depending on your age, oral health, and jawbone strength, our dentist at Oral Surgery of Tidewater can help you find which replacement treatment will work best for you. Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray and our team would love to see you at our dentist office in Virginia Beach, Virginia. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (757) 544-9192. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.