TMJ disorder can have many causes, and it can affect people to different degrees. When you have problems with jaw alignment and movement, you can experience worsening pain and stiffness in and around the joints. You also have to worry about an increase in headaches, as well as the start of habitual teeth grinding and clenching. Your Riverside, CA dentist can work with you to improve your quality of life if TMJ disorder currently affects you. While we can identify signs of this disorder at a routine dental visit, you can also reach out to us to discuss treatment if you suspect that this issue is affecting you.
1. Untreated TMJ Problems Can Lead To Worsening Discomfort
The longer you wait to do something about your TMJ problems, the more they can impact your daily life. Mounting stress can cause more pain, and create further limitations in your ability to bite and chew food. Because this issue is linked to headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and the start of a teeth grinding habit, it can also begin to affect you in more ways than you may realize. If you are already growing concerned about your limited ability to bite and chew because of awkward or painful movement, it can be beneficial to seek out care before your next routine dental visit, particularly if the discomfort is lowering your quality of life already.
2. Your Jaw Problems Can Make You More Vulnerable To Bruxism
If you start to grind and clench your teeth, particularly at night, you become vulnerable to dental damage that will require restorative dental work. We should note that while TMJ disorder can lead to this habit, other factors, like stress, or certain dietary habits, can cause bruxism to affect you before you experience other signs of TMJ disorder. Unfortunately, teeth grinding can actually be a cause of this issue as well as a symptom of it.
3. Treatment Can Help With More Than Just Jaw Pain
By using oral appliance therapy to ease the tension in your jaw joints and muscles, we can reduce your issues with headaches, improve your dental function, and even address problems with bruxism! Overall, you can enjoy a noticeably better quality of life when poor joint alignment or unresolved tension issues are taken care of by your dentist.
Talk To Your Riverside, CA Dentist About Addressing TMJ Disorder
If left unaddressed, TMJ disorder can have a significant effect on your oral health and daily life. The sooner you say something to your dentist about this problem, the sooner you can put chronic discomfort and bite limitations behind you! To find out more, or to contact one of our other locations closer to you, please call us at the following:
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.