July 1, 2013
Many people may not become familiar with their temporomandibular joints (TMJ) until they’re having a problem. These small joints are found in front of your ears and help attach your jawbone to your skull. When there’s a problem, these joints can cause you extreme discomfort and even have problems functioning properly. This condition is called TMJ disorder. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, your dentist can help with specialized TMJ therapy plans.
TMJ therapy helps to alleviate the stress on your jaw and help encourage it to function as normal once again. Your dentist will start by analyzing your smile. This condition could be caused by a misaligned bite and could go away once your teeth are back in the proper position. It could also be caused by stress, nighttime teeth grinding, or even fatigue. The important thing is to have your condition properly diagnosed and identify the specific causes so that your treatment plan will be targeted and as effective as possible.
Other TMJ therapy options include an oral appliance to help stop teeth grinding, techniques to alleviate stress, and temporarily avoiding certain foods until the condition improves. Your dentist will develop a custom treatment plan that is suited for your specific case.
If you’re experiencing jaw pain, you should consider giving your dentist a call. If the pain persists, it could be a sign that you have a TMJ disorder and might require TMJ therapy. Your Ft. Collins dentist is here to help alleviate discomfort, restore function to your jaw and overall improve your oral health.
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