TMJ

The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are among the more complex joints in your body. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly may result in a painful disorder, also referred to as TMJ disorders or sometimes TMD.

What causes TMJ syndrome?

According to medicinenet.com…

The causes of TMJ syndrome are not completely understood. Multiple factors contribute to the muscle tightness and dysfunction that characterize this condition. It is not clear whether some of these causes directly lead to TMJ syndrome or if they are a result of the disorder. Causes may include:

  • Misalignment (malocclusion) of or trauma to the teeth or jaw
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
  • Excessive gum chewing

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

  • pain in or around the ear
  • tenderness of the jaw
  • clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
  • headaches

    If you’re regularly experiencing facial or jaw pain, call us at Brogdon Dental. Exercise, muscle relaxants or physical therapy may help. Schedule an appointment today for an evaluation.

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September is National Gum Care Month

September is National Gum Care Month, and one of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:

  • Gums that appear red or swollen
  • Gums that feel tender
  • Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
  • Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

If you notice any of these signs, call us to schedule an appointment. Getting a grip on gum disease early on can possibly save your teeth. Don’t delay, call today.