In the United States over ten million people suffer from TMJ disorder. What causes TMJ disorder? Also known as TMD, few people understand the causes or the potential warning signs of this oral health issue. Fortunately, the issue can be treated without the use of surgery and with a minimally invasive preventive option.
Mansfield, TX TMJ Disorder Quiz
1. True or False: Bruxism and other factors can cause TMD.
2. True or False: A popping or clicking in the jaw can be a warning sign.
3. True or False: Without treatment you may develop serious oral health complications.
4. True or False: We can treat the issue with an oral appliance.
1. True. TMJ disorder develops when the jaw joints, also known as temporomandibular joint, become strained. The strain may result from bite misalignment, tooth loss, or the grinding of the teeth. Before treating the issue we will need to pinpoint the cause of your jaw joint tension.
2. True. Other possible warning signs include jaw pain, headaches, earaches, toothaches/tooth sensitivity, and pain in the neck or shoulders. If you experience frequent discomfort or recognize any of these symptoms, then speak with a dental professional for a thorough diagnosis.
3. True. Eventually, TMD can make opening and closing the mouth fully problematic. In addition, patients who grind their teeth can cause fractures or chips to appear in the tooth, leading to the onset of tooth decay or possibly even an infection/abscess.
4. True. We may suggest simple lifestyle changes, orthodontics, or dental restorations to ease TMJ issues. We may also recommend an oral appliance. When worn, the device repositions the jaw to ease tension and prevents damage from teeth grinding by placing a barrier between the upper and lower teeth.
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Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dental Associates rely upon their years of experience, training, and cutting-edge technology to offer patients expert dental care at each and every visit. They listen to each patient’s concerns and offer gentle, informative guidance about future treatments. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call (817) 473-6227. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris proudly treat patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.