Is TMJ Disorder Cramping Your Style?

If your jaw pops and clicks every time you open your mouth, and you aren’t the only one who is hearing it: you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder. Add pain in the TMJ and wear and tear on your teeth to the mix and it’s time to schedule an appointment.

Although you might not think a problem with your TMJ, the joints that connect your lower to upper jaw, is a big deal, it really is:

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

TMJ disorder is something that can surface if you sustain a blow to the head, neck, face or if some other trauma else occurs. However, according to bioesthetic dentist Dr. Mike Morris, that isn’t the only reason you could be dealing with temporomandibular joint disorder.

Cross bite, under bite and over bites could also be the reason you have a problem with your TMJ. In addition to wear and tear from a bad bite, certain types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can add to TMJ disorders.

People who have bruxism or chronic tooth grinding and/or clenching are also susceptible to temporomandibular joint disorder. Night time bruxism is caused by apneas that result from a collapsing airway.  According to your bioesthetic dentist in Burlington, certain connective tissue diseases could also be affecting your TMJ.

Whatever the cause, there is a solution when you become a patient of Chittenden Dental.

Bioesthetic Dentistry and your TMJ

Bioesthetic dentistry looks at the entire chewing system, not just teeth and gums. Examining everything in your chewing system, including the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints is vital if you want to avoid temporomandibular joint disorder. Bioesthetic dentistry is at the top of the list when it comes to a healthy smile!

TMJ Disorder and Dental Restorations

If you have TMJ disorder don’t be surprised if your dental restorations aren’t standing the test of time.

You most likely have the symptoms that go along with TMJD. These include clenching and grinding due to an orthopedically unstable bite. In addition, your veneers, crowns and other types of dental restorations won’t be very happy.

If you follow this dental blog you will recall that chronic grinding/clenching does damage to natural teeth. With that being said you can only imagine what bruxism will do to your new porcelain veneers.

Putting an End to Your Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

If you or someone you know is having problems with clenching, grinding or is having an issue with the temporomandibular joint schedule an appointment.

Dr. Mike and his team are ready to give you a thorough examination. This will determine what is causing problems for your TMJ.

Send a direct message or schedule an appointment with your bioesthetic dentist in Burlington today.



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