When you have a toothache, the pain of it can interfere with a number of your daily activities, like eating. When you have TMJ disorder, however, the multitude of related discomforts can seriously impact several aspects of your wellbeing. TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a dysfunction in one or both of your jaw’s joints, which control your jaw’s ability to open and close properly. It’s also one of the more consequential dental health issues, and when it develops, you can experience a host of symptoms that may not even seem related to your dental health.
Understanding TMJ Disorder
The term, TMJ disorder, is general and can describe a variety of specific conditions with one or both of your jaw’s joints. This can include misaligned or inflamed cartilage, a displaced joint, arthritis in one or both TMJs, or more. When it occurs, TMJ disorder can make it difficult for you to bite and chew comfortably. It can also lead to issues like jaw pain, popping and clicking in your jaw, chronic headaches, and more.
How It Affects Your Bite
When your jaw opens and closes, your TMJs must work together. When they can’t because of TMJ disorder, it can decrease your bite’s ability to work efficiently and comfortably. Besides making it harder to bite and chew, TMJ disorder can also lead to chronic teeth-grinding, also known as bruxism. The longer you leave TMJ disorder untreated, the more it can affect your bite and the more extensive treatment you may need to restore your good oral health.
Learn More About Treating TMJ Disorder
If you suffer from TMJ disorder, then it could be the reason behind your chronic aches and pains, as well as your decreasing ability to bite and chew properly. To learn more about how to treat TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.