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Why You Should Turn to Your Dentist for TMJ Therapy

July 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cstonedentalfargo @ 1:00 am
patient with TMJ disorder holding cheek

Are you suffering from persistent jaw pain? If so, this could be due to temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ issues. Your jaw is a vital, intricate part of your body, enabling everyday functions like biting and chewing up your favorite foods. However, it’s prone to injuries. If you have symptoms like jaw clicking, headaches, or tenderness, you should schedule a visit to your dentist. Continue reading to discover why.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

The TMJ, found on both sides of your jaw, link it to your skull, enabling versatile mouth movement. Their intricacy makes them prone to injury. Approximately 10 million Americans grapple with TMJ disorder, encompassing various joint-related issues, often stemming from:

  • Bruxism, which is characterized by grinding teeth and clenching your jaw
  • Poor tooth or jaw alignment
  • Jaw trauma or dislocation
  • Arthritis

Why Does TMJ Disorder Require Treatment?

TMJ disorder is not to be taken lightly, as even minor symptoms can escalate into severe and painful complications. Neglecting treatment could potentially expose you to the following risks:

  • Jaw cartilage degeneration, elevating the likelihood of fractures or dislocations
  • Debilitating headaches and pain impacting your daily life
  • Chronic ear pain, which can even result in tinnitus
  • Increased risk of dental problems, like bruxism
  • Asymmetrical jaw muscle growth

Why Is My Dentist the Right Person for The Job?

Many are unaware that dentists are not just about teeth; they possess diverse skills and expertise to address various oral issues, including TMJ disorder. As misalignment often contributes to TMJ problems, dental solutions like orthodontics are effective.

Dentists can offer anti-inflammatory remedies, muscle relaxants, and methods to ease jaw muscle tension. In rare instances, surgery may be necessary to resolve TMJ disorder.

So, if you are worried about jaw pain and suspect that you may have  TMJ disorder, don’t delay. Be sure to consult your dentist as soon as possible to receive treatment. They are your best resource for swift diagnosis so you can soon enjoy the relief you seek!

About the Practice

Cornerstone Dental offers patients exceptional, effective oral health treatments so they can keep their beams strong and lovely. They are pleased to offer many available services including TMJ therapy to get rid of facial pain and allow you to eat, laugh, and speak without issue. If you want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stacy Goodwill or Dr. Jessica Majidian or to learn more about getting TMJ dysfunction treatment at Cornerstone Dental, visit their website or call their office at (701) 237-3583.

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