Jaw Disorders Affect Dental Health
If you have stiffness in your jaw muscles, neck pain, headaches, sensitive teeth, or ear discomfort you might have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. A lot of people with TMJ disorders hear clicking or popping sounds when they open and close their jaws.
Do you wake up with your jaw aching, or have you noticed that your teeth seem worn down? It’s possible that you’re suffering from a type of TMJ disorder called bruxism, which means you grind your teeth during nightly sleep.
There are several types of treatments available, depending on which TMJ issue is diagnosed. Muscle relaxants may be prescribed. Biofeedback and Botox are other possible remedies. For bruxism, your dentist can create a custom nightguard that will alleviate teeth grinding while you sleep.
Treating TMJ disorders is an important aspect of creating good dental health. TMJ can adversely affect your natural bite, your bone structure, and your teeth.