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TMJ Disorder: What You Should Know

Posted May 23, 2017.

You might understand that there are a few things that can affect your oral health, but had you heard that common issues might impact your smile? For example, medications, diet, and growing older might impact your pearly whites. Stress might also lead to dental issues like TMJ disorder.

Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is very important because it connects your lower jaw to your upper jaw. This joint is also responsible for your jaw’s movements. If you’re coping with TMJ disorder, you might not be able to open or close your jaw entire, you may experience pain or hear clicking as you open and close your mouth, or your jaw may get stuck.

If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, you might experience frequent headaches and bruxism, or teeth grinding. If you grind or clench your pearly whites chronically, which many people do reflexively when they’re stressed, you might end up with TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder could also lead to problems such as headaches and sore or tired jaws.

If you think you are suffering from TMJ disorder, there are a few things you can do. If you schedule an appointment with us, we may suggest a custom oral appliance that will address your unique needs. Reducing your stress could also help. If you’d like to hear more about coping with TMJ in Murray, Utah, we invite you to contact Pinecrest Dental at (801) 503.0035. We’re excited to meet with you and help restore your pain-free smile!

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