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30

Is TMJ Pain Really Preventable?

Posted in TMJ Therpy

TMJ Disorders (TMJD) and pain around the TMJ can make everyday life seem uncomfortable. Whether it’s eating a meal, chatting with a friend, or even keeping your mouth open during a dental appointment – the discomfort can make you feel miserable. What options do you have to treat TMJ pain, and is it possible to prevent them from returning?

Many of the factors that cause TMJD are treatable or avoidable. Take crowded or crooked teeth as an example. When the teeth bite together improperly, the TMJ may have to compromise a small amount in order to get the bite completely closed. This places strain on the joint and tissues surrounding it. By correcting the alignment of the teeth with orthodontic therapy, TMJ pain can be avoided.

Clenching and grinding of the teeth causes additional stress to the joint, beyond what it was designed for. Unfortunately, clenching and bruxism is often something we do subconsciously or in our sleep, making it hard to avoid. A custom, form-fitting bite splint or mouthguard can be made to wear over the teeth. This protects the teeth from wearing down, while also relaxing the muscles around the TMJ. The muscles then have a chance to relax, eliminating fatigue of the joint. Splints can be made very easily, and most patients see results after one or two days.

Do you suffer from TMJD or related TMJ discomfort? Your dentist can assess the function of your TMJ and bite to help you find a way to treat and manage your condition. In most cases, non-invasive therapies are the most successful way to correct conditions like TMJ.

Posted on behalf of:
Mockingbird Dental Associates
99 Mockingbird Dr
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 386-3908

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