Do you experience headaches, tenseness, or stiffness of your neck, jaw, or face frequently? If you do, this may be a sign that you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD/ TMJ). TMJ disorder happens you exert too much pressure on your facial joints. This problem may happen while you are unaware and can lead to discomfort, pain, and even dental problems. Your Riverside Dental Group in California can assess the problem and create an effective treatment plan for your needs.
What Causes This Condition
There are a variety of reasons patients may experience this condition. A jaw injury, arthritis, and cartilage erosion may be one source of the cause. In addition to this, patients with TMJ are often found to have bruxism as well. This is a condition where a person chronically clenches their teeth together, usually when they are unaware. The pressure from this repetitive movement can cause TMD pain to worsen.
Dangers Of TMD
In many cases, pain from TMD can go away on their overtime. However, if you are experiencing extreme or long-lasting discomfort, it is best to have it examined by a professional. Ignoring TMJ can lead to increased symptoms of earaches, headaches, dizziness, and more. You may begin to get poor-quality sleep due to this disorder, which can lead to heightened feelings of irritability, anxiety, depression, and more.
Untreated TMD can also cause problems with your dental health. The limited movement often associated with this condition can make it difficult to chew, speak, and properly brush your teeth. This can result in a higher susceptibility to cavities. Your alignment may begin to shift and become uneven. Bruxism, which is often associated with TMJ, can weaken your teeth, and make them easier to be chipped or broken.
Seeking Treatment For This Condition
At your next dentist appointment, you can mention your symptoms with your dentist. They can help diagnose the problem by observing your jaw function. They may ask you to open and close your mouth to listen for abnormal sounds. X-rays can assist in the diagnosis process as well. Then, a treatment plan such as wearing an oral appliance may be determined. This will be created to fit your unique needs. An oral appliance can alleviate pressure from your jaw and protect your teeth from clenching together.
Talk To Your Dentist Today
If you have TMJ-related symptoms, we are here to help. Contact your nearest Riverside Dental Group location today.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
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.