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Everything you need to know about TMJ

Everything you need to know about TMJ

by Yenny (SU)
You’ve perhaps heard the shorthand term TMJ before. Your sister has it, your coworker says she has it, but you’re not quite sure how it’s different than a painful jaw issue, or what TMJ exactly stands for. Here are all the questions you may have about TMJ – which is short for temporomandibular joint disorder.

Why Your Dentist Might Recommend a Night Guard

Why Your Dentist Might Recommend a Night Guard

by Stephanie Meadows
Did you know that grinding your teeth while sleeping can cause significant jaw pain, tension headaches, and even broken or cracked teeth? A condition known as bruxism, this nighttime grinding movement of the teeth can often go unnoticed and untreated for some time. When someone grinds their teeth, it wears down the teeth, can destroy tooth enamel, and can chip or crack teeth. Once the enamel on teeth has been destroyed or worn away, it cannot be replaced.

How Night Guards Can Help Prevent TMJ

How Night Guards Can Help Prevent TMJ

by Yenny (SU)
If you had ringing in your ears, dizziness and a headache, would you think to go to the dentist? Probably not, right? However, these are just a few of the vague symptoms that can indicate you have a problem with your jaw. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) affects millions of Americans each year, appearing as varying degrees of symptoms, ranging from mild facial pain to headaches, earaches and dizziness, causing tens of millions of lost work days per year.

How Can Your Dentist Relieve Your TMJ Symptoms?

How Can Your Dentist Relieve Your TMJ Symptoms?

by Natalie (SU)
You wake up with an earache, and a feeling like water in your ear. A little later, you start to hear ringing. So you call your doctor because you think you have an ear infection, right? Well maybe, but did you know these symptoms can also be caused by a problem with your jaw? Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. Normally, it helps your jaw move up and down, unimpeded, so that you can chew, talk, or open and close your mouth. Disorders of this joint can greatly disturb your quality of life, as well as diminish your work productivity. However, while some of the symptoms seem obviously related to joint dysfunction, others are quite surprising. So how can you tell if you have a TMJ disorder, and how can your dentist help to relieve your symptoms?

 Treating TMJ

Treating TMJ

by Stephanie Meadows
The Temporomandibular joint, also known as your jaw joint or TMJ, is one of the most complex joints in the body, as it is controlled by a structure of muscles, ligaments, and soft tissue. The temporomandibular joints along with your jaw muscles make it possible for you to open and close your mouth. The human jaw is very powerful, able to exert anywhere from 170 to 275 pounds of pressure! When you experience jaw pain or movement, it may not be properly aligned.

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