Are you struggling with chronic headaches, jaw pain, or frequent TMJ flare ups that interfere with everyday meals? You could be experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder or TMD.
Although it’s natural to go straight to your jaw joints to try to figure out what’s going on, there are common underlying factors that may be contributing to the issue:
When your teeth and jaws don’t line up properly, your TMJ has to accommodate for it every time you eat. Atypical joint movements allow for better breakdown of your food, but they also cause unnecessary strain to your jaw joint.
Obstructive sleep apnea may be the last thing on your mind, but people with this sleeping disorder frequently exhibit symptoms of TMJ pain. Why? Because a lack of oxygen flow can lead to a reactive jaw tightening response, straining your TMJ.
Chronic clenching and teeth grinding is something we call “bruxism.” It’s typically a subconscious habit. You might tend to brux on your drive home from work, if you’re getting stressed out, or even while you’re sleeping. The extensive tension and pressure can be detrimental to your teeth and TMJ alike.
Are lifestyle, work, health, or family issues causing a higher stress level than normal? Chances are, you’re starting to tense up in your jaws, neck, shoulders, and back. TMJ pain may be the first sign you notice.
Non-Surgical TMJ Treatments
Prime Dental Care will evaluate your TMJ during your routine dental checkup to determine the cause of your existing symptoms. Therapies such as bite splints, orthodontics, or even warm compresses may be helpful. Contact us today to reserve an exam.
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