Suffering from TMJ can be extremely painful, and it can have a negative impact on your daily life. You use your jaw area all day long; talking, eating, and drinking. So it is important to get relief from your TMJ pain and feel back to your normal self.
What is TMJ?
TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome is a condition characterized by chronic pain in the jaw joint, the area on the side of your face where the lower jaw meets the skull. Symptoms of TMJ include chronic headaches, earaches, and clicking sounds when you open your mouth.
What Causes TMJ?
There could be several factors contributing to your TMJ pain however, bruxism is the most common cause of TMJ.
Other possible causes include:
- Injury to your jaw area
- Having a misaligned jaw
- Poor Posture
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a medical condition where you unconsciously clench or grind your teeth. This can happen both while you are awake and, most commonly, at night while you are sleeping.
Does TMJ Harm My Teeth?
TMJ itself will not harm your teeth however, grinding your teeth will. Prolonged teeth grinding will eventually cause noticeable erosion to your tooth enamel, which may eventually lead to tooth sensitivity and pain. It can also cause chipped or cracked teeth.
What Can I Do To Prevent TMJ Pain?
The first step to relieving your TMJ symptoms is to seek professional help. A dentist will be able to help you identify the root cause of your TMJ, making treatment much easier.
Your treatment plan could be as simple as a special mouthguard to wear while you sleep. Some cases may require additional dental or jaw correction, which is why seeing an experienced professional is important.
At Natural Smiles, our priority is making you comfortable both in our office and when you leave. Our experienced staff is here to help you find the best treatment option to relieve your TMJ pain. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start your path to pain-free living.