The temporomandibular joint allows you to comfortably close and open your mouth. You know something is wrong with it when you experience chronic pain around the face, jaw, mouth or ears. This pain is known as a temporomandibular joint disorder, also called TMJ. Additionally, you might experience chewing issues, muscle spasms, or popping sounds when you move your jaw. You should seek prompt treatment from a dentist before the situation gets worse.
Joint disorders are commonly caused by constant grinding and clenching of the teeth. This grinding may even occur while you are asleep, so you do not even realize what you are doing. Over time, constantly applying pressure to teeth can cause them to chip and break, eroding both oral health and confidence. This will require the application of crowns or bridges to strengthen the impacted teeth.
Tinnitus is a condition where a person experiences almost constant buzzing or ringing in the ears. Since the jaw joint is located near the ears, experts believe a disorder may impact nearby hearing bones. Additionally, joint disorders can exacerbate issues people who already have tinnitus experience.
Constant migraines and pain around the jaw can affect a person’s quality of sleep. A person may be unable to fall asleep with a regular pattern. The condition can also increase a person’s risk of developing sleep apnea and imbalanced cortisol rhythms. Your sleeping position can also affect the severity of the problem. It is recommended for patients with TMJ to sleep on their backs so that their heads and necks acquire adequate support.
You can alleviate constant discomfort when you visit the office of Dr. Richards in Corpus Christi, TX for TMJ treatment. Our dentist may suggest relaxation exercises, cortisone shots, or an occlusal night guard depending on the severity of your exact case. Schedule an appointment today to explore your options.
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