Several oral health risks can often arise due to damage to your jaw. Your jaw is a key foundation for your oral health because it is responsible for not only the movement of your mouth but also for ensuring that all aspects of chewing and speaking are functioning as intended. If for any reason the temporomandibular joints, also called TMJs, are damaged within your jaw, it can hinder your entire facial structure.
If for any reason you suffer a TMJ disorder, it means that your TMJs have been damaged in some way. Typically, TMJs are damaged due to bruxism, which is also known as teeth grinding, as well as issues and habits in your life such as nail-biting or eating tough and chewy foods. Other common causes of TMJ disorders include arthritis, misalignments with your teeth and jaw, and dislocations that may have occurred.
If you notice that you experience issues associated with a TMJ disorder, fortunately, your dentist will be able to help you with treatments. Although heat and ice packs are generally designed to help deal with inflammation and pain, they will not be able to provide the necessary treatment to your jaw. In situations such as this, jaw exercises, night guards and bite plates can be used. To further take care of your jaw in the future, meditative techniques and healthier eating habits can be employed.
For assistance treating TMJ disorders with the help of Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C., please book an appointment at our dentist office. To set up a visit with our dentist in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, please contact us at 970-945-9119. Dr. Corey Johnson and our team look forward to helping your smile thrive!