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Avoid TMJ Pain This Thanksgiving [BLOG]

  • November 7, 2017

Are you one of those people who starts decorating for the holidays even before the Halloween jack-o-lanterns and the candy stash have all dried up?

Then you probably handle all the hustle and bustle of the upcoming seasonal craziness with a fair amount of ease. Your excitement about all that awaits makes the extra effort and preparation worth it, right?

But you also know how dramatically that can all be turned upside down if you’re struggling with chronic pain because of TMJ disorder. Our hope is that your Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow aren’t clouded with the miserable symptoms that come with TMJ.

At the LANAP & Implant Center, we treat issues that stem from the misalignment of your temporomandibular joint. Located just below your ears, this is the hinge that opens and closes as you move your jaw.

That means yawning, chewing, laughing, speaking… it’s constantly in motion. So when something happens to make that joint malfunction, the resulting pain will follow you and everything you do all day long.

Today, we’re talking about how you can avoid the curse of TMJ pain this Thanksgiving and all the seasons that follow!

Dealing With TMJ Is A Real Pain Around The Holidays!

Let’s take a moment to think about all the ways your life is different around the holidays, shall we? Along with your daily responsibilities with work, home, and family, you’re also busy with other obligations like:

-Planning your Thanksgiving menu

-Grocery shopping

-Cleaning & Preparing For Overnight Guests

-Black Friday Coupon Clipping & Mapping Your Route!

-Financial Planning & Gift Shopping

-Fighting Crowds & Holiday Traffic

-Gift Wrapping, Baking, & Party Planning

Need we go on? You take on the added work to prepare for the upcoming season because in the end, it’s all worth it to spend time with the people you care about most.

But when you add pain, discomfort, and muscle tension to the mix, it makes all your extra time, effort, and energy all the more cumbersome. It’s really hard to get through a task with an excruciating headache or a migraine that’s making you miserable.

Here are some other debilitating symptoms that come with TMJ disorder that can add to your holiday stress:

-Earache Pain

-Muscle Tension In The Neck, Shoulders, and Back

-Facial Tension & Discomfort

-Lockjaw

-Clicking & Popping In the Jaw

-Jaw Soreness

You can’t embrace the beautiful chaos of the upcoming season with symptoms like this! That’s why our team wants you to get the help you need sooner rather than later!

Avoiding (& Treating) TMJ Disorder

Many dental practices treat TMJ disorder, but you’d be hard pressed to find a practice that offers the array of treatment strategies like we do at the LANAP & Implant Center.

One of the reasons we do this is because this condition is far more common than many people think. In fact, nearly 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorder. There are many common causes for this, some of which include:

-Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

-Age (Women between ages 18-44 are at a higher risk.)

-Dental Trauma/Injury

-Sensitivity To Pain

-Chronic Stress

-Inflammatory Conditions

It’s easy to understand, judging by this list, why so many people can develop TMJ disorder. It’s not necessarily something you can prevent, but it is certainly something you can treat!

In our Collegeville and Williamsport dental offices, you’ll find accurate diagnosis and a variety of treatment options like:

-Biostimulation Using Laser Technology

-Custom-made Orthotic Appliances

-Massage Therapy

-Nutrition Supplements & Therapy

-Tooth Replacement

-Muscle Relaxers

-And More!

We believe that your body is capable of healing when it’s encouraged, which is why our holistic approach to TMJ treatment is so effective for our patients!

Get An Accurate Diagnosis!

At the LANAP & Implant Center, we take a holistic approach to dental care. That means combining multiple treatment options to help you achieve optimum wellness.

When it comes to a disruptive and uncomfortable condition like TMJ disorder, we offer strategies that go far beyond correcting your bite alignment.

We believe bite alignment is only a part of relieving your pain. So we’re dedicated to finding the right combination of therapies to overcome the symptoms of TMJ disorder so that your Thanksgiving isn’t spoiled by discomfort.

Find accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for TMJ pain with our team of specialists for a more enjoyable holiday season! Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.