Are you aware of TMJ disorders and how they can affect your overall oral health? Your TMJs, also known as temporomandibular joints, are key joints in your jawbone that facilitate the movement of your mouth. Not only do they help move your mouth up and down, but they are also responsible for your chewing and eating abilities. They can affect how you chew, swallow and other aspects of your facial movements.
Typically, TMJ disorders arise due to other oral health problems and issues that may be present. If you have any issues with misalignments with your teeth or jaw, dislocations, arthritis, or are suffering from an oral health condition such as bruxism, it can increase your risk of a TMJ disorder. Furthermore, tough or chewy foods, as well as biting on inedible objects such as your nails or pen caps, can increase your risk for a TMJ disorder.
If a TMJ disorder arises, you will need to visit our doctors for appropriate treatments. Everything from heat and ice packs to alleviate pain and inflammation as well as meditative therapies can prove to be beneficial. We also offer jaw-strengthening exercises to help protect your jaw, and oral appliances such as night guards and bite plates to help alleviate stress in connection with a TMJ disorder.
If you would like to know if you require treatments for a TMJ disorder, please schedule an oral exam with Dr. Neil Dhillon and Dr. Grace Woo at our dental office in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, by calling 610.833.1919 today. Complete Care Dental can get you on the path to smiles for miles!