Protecting your smile includes minimizing the chances of any potential oral health risks that could damage your jawbone. Your jawbone is pivotal for your oral health because within it lies your temporomandibular joint, which moves your mouth at all the angles it needs. If for any reason your TMJs are damaged, it will cause debilitating pain and potentially severe infections could arise within your mouth.
If you’re noticing signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder, you can visit our dentists to determine the exact cause of the condition. Oftentimes, pain in your joints and your jaw are often related to an underlying condition that also needs to be treated. If you’re suffering from bruxism, which is a condition in which you grind your teeth unconsciously or at night, you will be putting additional stress and pressure on your jaw that can lead to a TMJ disorder. Furthermore, anytime you are suffering from dislocations or misalignments with your teeth and gums, the additional pressure on your jaw can lead to TMJ disorders. Chewing gum or tough foods such as steak, as well as various other jaw-intensive habits, can all put you at an increased risk for a TMJ disorder.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, you may want to visit our dentists for the application of a night guard or a bite plate. In addition, there are several other treatments that you can use to help keep your mouth safe and assuage pain associated with a TMJ disorder. Whereas heat and ice packs can be used to help alleviate pain and inflammation accordingly, there are several jaw exercises and meditative techniques such as yoga and biofeedback that can help relieve stress and strengthen your jaw.
Do you have any additional questions or concerns about TMJ disorders? You are welcome to stop by our office. To schedule an appointment with our dentists, call us at our dental office in Indianapolis, Indiana, at 317.637.4636. Drs. Tracey Tabor Williams & Amy Montefalco and our entire team look forward to hearing from you.