Get The Facts On TMJ Problems From Our O’Fallon TMJ Dentists

Written by Dr. Brace on Jul 21, 2019

Get The Facts On TMJ Problems From Our O’Fallon TMJ Dentists

Your temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Thanks to your TMJs you are able to speak, chew, and emote; they’re pretty important!

Unfortunately, there are a number of habits, conditions, and injuries that can impair TMJ function. Keep reading this short article to learn more from our O’Fallon TMJ dentists

Symptoms of Jaw Damage Can Vary

There is a fair amount of variance among patients when it comes to symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. You may notice that your jaw makes popping or clicking noises when you chew, or you may be able to feel your jaw actually “locking” into place when you open your mouth wide. Many people experience discomfort, but some never deal with jaw pain. All of these symptoms can occur chronically, episodically, or never. That is why it’s so important to reach out for a consultation at the first sign of jaw dysfunction, and to keep up with your schedule of semi-annual professional cleanings.

TMJ problems can damage more than just your jaw

Undoubtedly, TMJ disorder is rough on your temporomandibular joints, but did you know that it can also create health issues throughout your smile? Chronic TMJ is linked to premature dental enamel deterioration, because patients often unconsciously change their bites to compensate for TMJ pain. TMJ patients also experience high rates of tooth fracture; TMJ often goes hand in hand with bruxism, or chronic dental grinding, which put immense pressure on the natural tooth structure. 

Tailored Treatments Address Jaw Dysfunction At The Source  

Not all treatments for TMJ disorder are equally effective for all patients. The key to successful treatment is to first discover the root cause of temporomandibular damage. If, for example, your jaw joints are overtaxed due to stress, our team may recommend some stress-reduction techniques and jaw exercises. If a poorly aligned bite is to blame, then orthodontic treatment or customized restorations can help bring you top and bottom teeth into balance. There are no one-size-fit-all solutions in our office.

If we can leave you with just one thought about TMJ damage, it would be to seek treatment as soon as possible once you notice symptoms of dysfunction. Our O’Fallon TMJ dentists are here to help you in any way we can!