Are you currently at risk for any TMJ disorders? Are you familiar with common causes of TMJ disorders and how they can be prevented? Due to the fact that a TMJ disorder, also referred to as a temporomandibular joint disorder, is the result of damage to your jawbone and joints in your jaw, you may need to exercise caution, as the joints are responsible for the proper movement of your jaw for chewing and speaking.
If you are suffering from bruxism, which refers to grinding your teeth unconsciously or jaw or teeth misalignments, it can lead to TMJ disorders. Furthermore, arthritis, bad habits such as chewing on your nails as well as dislocations with your teeth and jaw, are known causes of TMJ disorder.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, visit our dentist so that a procedure such as a bite plate or night guard therapy can be applied to alleviate pressure. Furthermore, various exercises including jaw strengthening exercises, meditative practices and the use of heat or ice packs can be used to alleviate pressure and stress associated with a TMJ disorder. Meditative therapy has also been shown to be an excellent stress reliever as well.
Dr. Gary Lee Breece and all of our fantastic team are located in Enid, Oklahoma. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Gary Lee Breece DDS MS for restorations and care for a TMJ disorder, please call our dental office at 580-233-2557.