Problems with the TMJ and How to Prevent Them

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If you have pain, clicking, or grating in your jaw, you may have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Pain and issues with the jaw and the controlling muscles in the face are known as TMD, and they are sometimes inaccurately referred to as TMJ. These disorders are a very common but very inconvenient and painful condition. Luckily, problems with  theTMJ can be treated and prevented in many cases.

The temporomandibular joint allows your jaw to move. When there is a problem with your TMJ, common things like talking and eating can be painful or difficult. However, your problem usually isn’t with the actual joint but instead the muscles around the jaw.

What Causes TMJ Problems?

Pain can occur from repeated "bad" behaviors, such as grinding or clenching your teeth. If your bite is off or your teeth don’t fit together well, this can also cause strain on your muscles. TMJ problems can also occur from accidents or other injuries to the joint or muscles.

Many people experience TMD when they are extremely stressed. Because we’re more likely to grind or clench our teeth when we are stressed out, we’re also more likely to experience TMJ pain.

In order to prevent and fix these problems, you need to understand where they develop. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your jaw, consult Dr. Langer immediately.

Preventing jaw pain

Prevention and treatment of TMJ will depend on how your disorder was caused. Dr. Langer will help you find the right dental appliance to alleviate some of the pressure you’re putting on your jaw or to prevent you from overworking your jaw muscles.

In serious situations, you may need to undergo a more complex treatment form. Physical therapy, orthodontics, and other medications may be more appropriate. You may also need alternative treatment forms, especially if your TMJ problems are caused by stress.

To talk more about treating or preventing TMJ problems, schedule an appointment at the Brooklyn cosmetic dentistry office of Dr. Langer. He and his team will help you find the source of your pain and come up with a treatment and prevention plan to ensure you maintain a healthy and happy smile. For your next appointment, contact our Brooklyn dentist office at 718-395-5935.

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