If you have answered yes to any of these questions then it may be likely that you suffer from some form of TMJ disorder.
A TMJ disorder is where unknowingly; you clench and grind on your teeth, causing stress in your jaw joint and the muscles in your face, head and neck.
It could also be as a result of the condition of your 'bite'. This is how your teeth come together, and any changes in tooth position due to missing teeth, fillings, crowns or bridges can change your bite, causing unnatural stresses in your jaw joint.
A TMJ disorder can be very difficult to treat. It begins with a careful examination evaluation of jaw joint and the muscles of your face. Further evaluations of your bite will also be made.
The majority of cases are managed with a custom-made appliance, which fits over your teeth. It is designed to take the stress away from your jaw joint and head muscles.
Other solutions may include the replacement of missing teeth and adjustments or replacements of crowns and bridges.
Some patients may require referral to a specialist if their condition is severe.
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The important thing to do is see your dentist as soon as possible so your problem does not become worse over time and require more drastic measures to correct.
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