Are you prepared for caring for your smile in the event that a TMJ disorder occurs? If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, also known as the temporomandibular joint disorder, it could be a sign of wear and tear within the joints in your jaw. Oftentimes, hindrances in your jaw, teeth and mouth accompany your TMJ disorder.
Preparing your smile for a better future includes assessing all potential risk factors for TMJ disorders. If you are overworking your jawbone or have any misalignments within your smile, it could put you at an increased risk for the condition. Misalignments, dislocations, the presence of arthritis or even bad habits can all lead to a TMJ disorder. Even unconsciously grinding your teeth at night can cause the disorder to arise.
If you end up suffering from a TMJ disorder, various treatments may be required to help restore your smile. In many cases, you will need to make sure that you are practicing jaw strengthening exercises and eating softer foods. If you need additional care from our dentist, visit our team for medications, heat or ice packs, or TMJ treatment.
To learn more about which TMJ disorder treatments you would prefer for protecting your smile, contact Yakima Smiles at (509) 941-2957. Come visit Dr. Pete Nathe and our team at our office in Yakima, Washington, by setting up an appointment at your earliest opportunity.