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Can TMJ Disorders Damage Your Teeth?

August 5, 2022 6:44 pm | Published by

If you’re living with a TMJ disorder, you know that it can lead to painful problems when chewing or talking, among other issues. That might seem bad enough, but TMJ disorders can also damage your teeth. Today, we want to shed some light on how diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders can help protect your pearly whites.

What Is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a catch-all term for problems with the temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull). TMJ disorders can affect the jaw, gums, teeth, and facial structures. Often, TMJ disorders are related to clenching or grinding teeth, which strains the surrounding muscles and leads to pain and inflammation. Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include migraines, jaw stiffness, popping or clicking sounds when opening the mouth, and other jaw issues.

How Can TMJ Disorders Damage Teeth?

TMJ disorders can cause teeth alignment problems and other damage to your teeth. Clenching or grinding can wear away tooth enamel, or even lead to cracked teeth. TMJ disorders can increase tooth sensitivity, making consuming hot or cold foods painful. TMJ disorders can also increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. While TMJ pain sometimes goes away on its own, it can also worsen over time. If you’re living with TMJ disorder, there’s no time like the present to begin TMJ therapy to restore your comfort and protect your teeth.

How Can We Treat My TMJ Disorder?

At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, our team often uses a special mouthguard to treat TMJ disorders. Worn while sleeping, these mouthguards gently shift the position of your jaw to prevent clenching and grinding and ease pressure on the TMJ. Not only can TMJ therapy ease painful symptoms around your jaw, it also provides much-need protection for your smile.

To schedule a consultation for TMJ therapy or to ask us any questions, call our office today!

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