Have you ever wondered why you have a popping or clicking jaw but some of your friends’ jaw joints seem to function quite wonderfully? Rest easy – in many cases, the contributing of factors associated with TMJ disorder are not things you could have easily avoided. The good news is, however, that we provide treatment to address your current discomfort, while safeguarding your smile and surrounding structures from long-term damage. To rest your mind in the meantime, we encourage you to become a bit more familiar with some common causes of TMJ issues.
Bruxism is a disorder that includes grinding your teeth or clenching your teeth as an unconscious habit. The problem here is that the constant stress places a lot of strain and pressure on your TMJs. This may lead to TMJ disorder or may enhance the problems you are already experiencing.
Daily Strain From Bad Habits
Do you chomp down on ice quite frequently? Do you find that you tend to chew on the arm of your glasses or on pens? Perhaps you’re a daily gum chewer. In many cases, habits that exhaust the jaw joints (TMJs), add pressure, and result in awkward motions may lead to stress, strain, and malfunction.
Are your teeth misaligned and you have long considered getting braces? Perhaps you have some old restorations like crowns in your mouth that are resulting in an unbalanced bite. Whatever the case, when your top and bottom teeth and jaws don’t fit together comfortably, this aggravates your TMJs, often resulting in TMJ disorder.
Anxious? Stressed out? You may contribute to your TMJ disorder problem by taking your stress and anxiety out on your teeth. Patients often grind or clench their teeth as a reaction (not a daily habit) to things that don’t go as planned. Again, this stresses your TMJs out, too.
Sometimes it’s simply a damaged TMJ that has suffered some sort of trauma that results in dysfunction. By visiting with us for a checkup, we can help get to the bottom of this concern and offer treatment.
ABOUT YOUR LONGVIEW, TX COSMETIC DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Longview, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Longview, TX office today at (903) 758-5921. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our various other locations in Tyler, Garland, and Arlington, TX, as well as Bossier City, LA.