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August 24, 2023

Do Essential Oils Relieve TMJ Pain?

Essential oils in glass bottlesIf your jaw clicks, pops, or grates when you open and close your mouth, you may have a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints are on either side of your face near your ears. The joints connect your jaw to your skull. Inflammation, injuries, and other issues can cause the joints to function incorrectly. You don’t have to live with recurring jaw pain. Here are 5 essential oils that can relieve your discomfort.

1. Lavender

Lavender is known for its calming effects. It is added to relaxation oils, lotions, and other products to promote peace. Its soothing scent can help reduce stress and triggers that cause TMJ flares, like clenching your teeth. Lavender also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce nerve pain. It is also an antispasmodic, which can relax the muscles and ligaments in the joints. 

2. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a natural remedy to relieve pain, reduce blood pressure, and decrease inflammation. It can block nerve signals to manage discomfort caused by TMJ.

3. Chamomile 

Chamomile is a natural sleep aid that can be found in teas, supplements, and hygiene products. It is an herb that has anti-inflammatory benefits. It can reduce inflammation to manage many joint conditions.

4. Rosemary

Rosemary is a homeopathic remedy for musculoskeletal pain. Researchers have found that it can be as effective as menthol. It’s a great solution to relieve pain and inflammation.

5. Yarrow

Yarrow has been used for generations to reduce swelling; however, it can be mildly toxic and can affect sperm production. It can also increase the risk of cancer and may affect pregnant women. It should be used with extreme caution and under the supervision of a healthcare professional. 

Managing Your TMJ Pain

Natural remedies can help manage TMJ discomfort, but they may not be enough for some patients. If changes at home aren’t effective, it’s time to visit a professional. Your dentist will examine your mouth and oral structures to determine what’s causing your jaw dysfunction. Based on the results of your examination, they will create a personalized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Bite Splint: The custom-made appliance shifts your jaw into a better resting position. It will retrain your jaw over time.
  • Orthodontics: Braces can fix a bad bite to ensure even pressure distribution between the upper and lower teeth.
  • TENS: Trans Epidural Neural Stimulation uses small electrical pulses to relax muscles. 

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to treat TMJ disorders. Your dentist will design an individualized strategy to stop your jaw pain. With the right treatment plan and changes at home, pain-free days are possible. 

About Dr. James Olsen

Dr. Olsen achieved his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in various specialties, including TMJ disorders and neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Olsen is affiliated with many professional organizations, including the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics. Request an appointment through his website or call (734) 526-4762.

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