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Talk to Your Dentist About TMJ Disorder

There are several different factors that account for your bite’s function, and your jaw’s joints (known as TMJs) are among the most important. More formally called temporomandibular joints, your TMJs are the hinges that your lower jaw pivots and moves on. Because of their importance, and their close proximity to your dominant cranial nerves, trouble with your TMJs can lead to a wide range of symptoms and consequences for your oral health. When TMJ disorder develops, the only way to alleviate those symptoms is with help from your dentist.

The Symptoms You Should Worry About

TMJ disorder can describe a number of different issues with your jaw joints, including tissue or ligament damage, joint misalignment, inflammation, tissue degradation, and more. As a result of the damage to your TMJs and the excess stress on your jaw muscles, symptoms of TMJ disorder can include a wide range of discomforts, including:

  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Ringing and/or pain in your ears
  • Constant teeth-grinding (bruxism)
  • Popping jaw joints
  • And more

What the Disorder Could Mean for You

As TMJ disorder grows worse, the symptoms become more severe, leading to unbearable pain in and around your jaw and facial muscles. It can also lead to diminished bite function, increased risks of dental issues like gum disease, extensive damage to your teeth, and much more. Because of its intense effects on your oral health and quality of life, diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder as early as possible is the best way to address it.

Find Out if You Can Treat TMJ Disorder

If you experience chronic jaw pain and other similar symptoms, then talk to your dentist to find out if TMJ disorder may be to blame. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.