Your jaw, referred to as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is the busiest joint on your body since it is used for both chewing and speaking. When issues begin to arise with your TMJ, there can be major ripple effects. There are many ways that the TMJ can be negatively affected such as grinding of the teeth, uneven bite or trauma.
Signs that you may have issues with your TMJ:
When it comes to TMJ issues, the earlier you seek treatment from a dentist, the better! Simple early measures can have a huge impact on the TMJ and prevent the issues from getting worse. One of the most effective methods is through the use of a custom mouth guard created by your dentist after taking an imprint of your mouth.
Custom mouth guards are fantastic for keeping your jaw in a positive position that doesn’t put unneeded strain on it. Bruxism, the grinding of the teeth, can be a symptom of TMJ disorders or a result of them. A custom mouth guard worn while sleeping is a highly effective way to prevent bruxism or help stop it.
Dental appliances, like mouth guards, work for many patients, but each case of TMJ disorder is different. Once your TMJ dentist has conducted a thorough examination of the mouth, including x-rays, they can recommend additional treatments if needed.
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