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Someone touching their jaw in pain Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) occurs when the muscles that help open and close your jaw are out of balance, causing your mouth to be out of alignment. This leads to various symptoms, including pain, headaches, and problems eating or talking. One of the most dangerous effects of TMJ is how it can wear down the teeth, leading to cavities and gum disease.

Here at our Robert H. Peterson DDS clinic, our experts can help to diagnose the condition, and if it has already affected your teeth and gums, we will provide you with the best treatment solutions.

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ symptoms include pain and discomfort in your jaw joint, problems with chewing and clenching, reduced ability to open your mouth wide enough to insert a dental mouthguard, earaches and even hearing loss. These symptoms are usually caused by grinding or clenching the teeth while you sleep. This can cause wear on your teeth and affect their quality over time. In some cases, it might even cause them to decay faster than normal. A custom-fitted mouthguard can provide significant relief if you suffer from these problems. It will help separate your upper jaw and lower jaw, preventing you from grinding your teeth.

How Does TMJ Cause Oral Issues?

TMJ is usually caused by teeth grinding and clenching, leading to jaw muscle pain, teeth and gum damage. Many people do not understand how this happens, but there are events leading to these problems. First of all, when you grind your teeth, you put your teeth and gums under a lot of pressure. When this happens, you suffer from tooth fractures and cracks. If you have a tooth fracture, sometimes it can be very difficult to clean inside the cracks, which will eventually lead to decay and cavities.

Another thing you need to know is that teeth clenching forms pockets along your gum line. This is very dangerous as it allows bacteria to get into the pockets, causing gingivitis, and if left untreated, it can lead to more serious periodontal disease. The only sure way to prevent TMJ from causing teeth damage is to come see our dentist for better treatment solutions.

Is There Anything I Can Do About My TMJ?

If you are experiencing TMJ symptoms, come talk our dental experts about simple steps you can take to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. As TMJ symptoms are typically increased by stress, it is essential to learn relaxation techniques that can help lessen grinding. Certain methods, such as therapy, may also be effective in controlling symptoms and discomfort. Additionally, chewing gum is thought to decrease tension in the jaw muscles. Over-the-counter pain medication may also help reduce pain caused by nighttime grinding. If discomfort persists despite treatment from a dentist or medical professional, it may be time for oral surgery.

Managing Your TMJ Pain

Our dental team is here to issue the best treatments available for your TMJ. You are free to visit us at Robert H. Peterson DDS or call us at 503-635-3438 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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