In order to give your smile the best chance of success, it is important to assess any dental damage that can occur or has occurred. Within your jaw lies your temporomandibular joints. If your TMJs are ever damaged, it can severely impair many aspects of your oral health including your ability to chew, speak or swallow. Thus, they need to be treated and cared for as much as possible.
Several factors that often give rise to TMJ disorders begin with issues associated with misalignments or damage to your teeth and gums. If your teeth are out of alignment, if you have any dislocations, if arthritis is present or if you are suffering from bruxism, you could be at risk for a TMJ disorder. In addition, jaw misalignments and bad habits such as routinely biting your nails or chewing on inedible products can also lead to TMJ disorders.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, treatments are possible. Through the use of heat and ice packs, you can help alleviate pain and inflammation. Your dentist can prescribe for you exercises to help strengthen your jaw. Because stress is often a known risk factor for jaw pressure, meditation techniques such as yoga and biofeedback can also prove to be beneficial. To alleviate pressure from your jaw, it is important to eat softer foods and visit your dentist for an oral appliance such as a night guard or bite plate.
For treatment for a TMJ disorder at Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado, you are welcome to set up an appointment with Dr. Chase Bennett or Dr. James Bieneman at our dentist office. Contact us at 303.421.2696. We are here to serve as your dentist in Arvada, Colorado to give you the oral health care you need.