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One of the most common risks that can arise within your jaw is a TMJ disorder. A TMJ disorder, also known as a temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when damage has occurred to the joints and jaw muscles in your face. Your TMJs are essential for the proper movement of your jaw to ensure that chewing and eating can be easily accomplished. Without your TMJs working correctly, several treatments and complex mechanisms designed to work your mouth properly will suffer as well.

Are you suffering from a TMJ disorder? If you are, you may want to visit our dentist so that the appropriate treatments and preventive techniques can be applied. Alleviating a TMJ disorder often takes several different treatments depending on your oral health needs and depending on the cause of your TMJ disorder. Oftentimes, a TMJ disorder is due to bad habits you may have that place additional stress on your jaw, including chewing gum, biting your nails, or eating rough and chewy foods. Additional risks for TMJ disorders are arthritis, dislocations and misalignments with your teeth and jaw and the presence of bruxism.

If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, you’ll have to be aware of what potential risks are and what can we use to help alleviate symptoms associated with them. Heat and ice packs are extremely beneficial for treating pain and inflammation accordingly. Furthermore, various jaw strengthening exercises, as well as the application of meditative therapies including yoga and biofeedback, can help. For additional help with treating your TMJ disorder, visit our dentist for a night guard or bite plate appliance.

Do you wish to learn more about TMJ disorders and their effect on your smile? If so, please call 304-699-0359 to schedule an appointment with Moore Family Dental at our dental office in Parkersburg, West Virginia, for your oral health care treatments. Dr. Aaron Moore and our expert team look forward to helping you decide which options will work best in your quest for a better smile.