TMJ disorder (or temporomandibular joint disorder) is common. But even patients who experience it don’t always know what the condition means, how it developed, or what they can do to alleviate the symptoms. If you suffer from chronic discomfort in your jaw and facial muscles, popping sensations when you open and close your jaw, and/or trouble biting and chewing, then ask your dentist if TMJ disorder may be the reason and how you can find lasting relief.

What Is TMJ Disorder?

Temporomandibular joints are two large joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Known as TMJs, they are the most-used joints in your body, and in some cases, the stress and pressure can damage the joint’s tissues. TMJ disorder describes the pain, difficulty, and damage that jaw joints experience when they’re compromised due to injury, excessive pressure, misalignment in your bite, and more.

Who Develops TMJ Disorder?

Like most common dental issues, TMJ disorder can affect virtually everyone and its risks depend largely on the ongoing state of your oral health. For instance, jaw joints are commonly damaged when a patient’s bite is uneven, such as from crooked teeth or a malformed jawbone. They can also be damaged from things like bruxism (persistent teeth-grinding) that places undue pressure on the joints for prolonged periods of time.

How Do You Treat TMJ Disorder?

Treating TMJ disorder depends on the exact nature and extent of your TMJs’ damage. In many cases, the condition can be relieved with a custom-designed oral appliance that helps your jaw rest comfortably and in a more functional position. Over time, the appliance can allow damaged TMJs to heal themselves, alleviating the symptoms and discomfort of TMJ disorder.

Ask Your Dentist About TMJ Treatment

If you have TMJ disorder, or if you have questions about what may be TMJ discomfort, then speak with your dentist as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation, call Just Wright Dental in Corsicana, TX, today by calling (903) 225-2221.