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What is TMJ disorder?

The TMJ connects the lower jaw to the skull on both sides. Typically, the TMJ can move up and down, side to side, and forward and back smoothly to allow everyday activities like chewing, talking, yawning, and swallowing to occur. However, it is considered TMJ disorder when this joint does not fully function as the muscles and jaw joints are affected. TMJ disorder can be attributed to teeth grinding, trauma, an improper bite, or even arthritis.

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What are the symptoms of TMJ?

When the TMJ becomes dysfunctional, you’ll likely experience discomfort. If you experience the following TMJ symptoms, it’s best to seek TMJ treatment such as TMJ therapy with our team. Common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Jaw, Ear, or Facial Pain
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Difficulting Opening the Mouth
  • Jaw Clicking or Popping
  • Inability to Open the Mouth or Speak

Can a mouthguard help TMJ?

If you’re experiencing TMJ, you’ll likely wonder which TMJ treatment will best benefit you. At North Richland Hills Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we offer TMJ therapy to help relax, stretch, and release tight muscles. Our TMJ therapy may include using a custom mouthguard, which can help protect teeth from teeth grinding, clenching, or other wear and tear. When you come in for your appointment, our team will go over the extent of your TMJ and the details of your TMJ therapy.

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