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If you’re like many others, you probably have questions about the TMJ disorder, which is also called the temporomandibular joint disorder. This is common because it can be quite the confusing problem. Our dentists, Dr. DeLoach and Dr. Dargel, are happy to help you know more about this disorder as well as help you find the answers you need by providing the answers to these commonly asked questions about the TMJ disorder in Orem, Utah:

Q: What is the TMJ disorder?
A: It is pain and compromised movement in the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles.

Q: How can I relieve TMJ pain?
A: You can use home remedies to relieve your discomfort. Some home remedies include taking over-the-counter pain medications, icing or warming the jaw with heat or ice packs, and eating soft foods. For professional treatment, physical therapy, mouthguards and TMJ arthroscopy surgery are available to help to relieve the pain and treat the problem.

Q: Who can treat the TMJ disorder?
A: There are many healthcare professionals who can help you, like your dentists, a physical therapist, your primary care physician and an oral and maxillofacial specialist.

Q: What are the symptoms of the TMJ disorder?
A: Jaw pain, difficulty chewing, clicking sounds in the jaw, locking of the jaw and jaw soreness.

Call Merit Dental today at 801-375-9511 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team will be more than happy to tell you all about the TMJ disorder. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!