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TMJ Problems and How You Can Prevent Them

by Smile Design SI

Posted on January 07, 2018 at 03:49:47 PM


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TMJ Problems and How You Can Prevent Them

What are and where are your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). These joints are positioned on either side of your face just in front of your ears. They allow you to open your mouth so you can speak, eat, yawn and laugh. Unfortunately but like other bodily joints, your TMJ can malfunction.

When your TMJs malfunction, the condition is called TMJ disorder or dysfunction. Although symptoms can vary from patient to patient, the most common is pain in the jaw joint. Other symptoms include:

  • A clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth
  • The feeling of an earache in the absence of infection
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • Headaches or pain around the ears, neck and shoulders
  • Changes in you bite or the alignment of your teeth
  • Stiffness or a locked feeling in your jaw

The most frequent cause of TMJ disorder is stress, which leads to teeth clenching and grinding, especially at night. If you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, then Smile Design Dental Group can prescribe a custom-designed nightguard to reduce teeth clenching and grinding. This helps to alleviate muscle tension and pain. Most TMJ therapy patients have relief from their symptoms almost immediately, with the best results occurring after a few weeks of continued use.


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