Stop the Cycle of Stress, TMJ Disorder, and Pain

Stop the Cycle of Stress, TMJ Disorder, and Pain

Dec 01, 2018

If you suffer from TMJ disorder, you know how painful and uncomfortable it can be. However, it can also be detrimental to your oral health and even interfere with daily life. Worrying about your TMJ disorder can cause stress, which usually worsens TMJ symptoms, thus leading to a painful cycle. Our team at 7 Dental wants to help our patients in Phoenix, AZ be relieved of their painful symptoms.

TMJ disorder should not go untreated

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge that connects your jaw to the skull. When it’s working as it should, you are able to yawn, speak, eat, and laugh without any discomfort. However, if there is an alignment issue or you suffer from trauma to the jaw, some problems could arise. Common effects of TMJ disorder, or TMD, include:

  • Lockjaw
  • Painful headaches
  • Clicking sounds when you move your jaw
  • Soreness, stiffness, tension in the jaw, neck, and/or shoulders
  • Earache pain

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at 7 Dental to have the problem diagnosed. Without addressing it, the issue will only get worse.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching only make it worse

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, often accompanies TMJ disorder. It usually occurs during sleep, which makes it challenging to treat as you may not even be aware that you’re doing it. If you’ve noticed signs of teeth grinding, such as a headache in the morning, it’s important to have it diagnosed. Letting it go untreated will only exacerbate TMD symptoms, creating a miserable cycle. It also affects the health of the teeth, as continued grinding can wear teeth down.

The cycle of stress and TMJ

Many people suffer from the habit of teeth grinding when they are under stress. This can have negative effects on the jaw, however, as the grinding motion puts stress on the muscle in the jaw, causing pain. Suffering from continued pain and tension will cause you to feel stress, which only feeds the teeth grinding. With the team at 7 Dental and a few simple remedies, you can relieve the pain and discomfort of TMD.

Surprisingly simple TMJ solutions

After a thorough exam at 7 Dental, your dentist will be able to diagnose you. If teeth grinding or bite alignment issues are found, the treatment can be fairly simple – wearing a custom-made mouth guard at night can help with teeth grinding then. Another remedy for TMJ is bite alignment treatment.

If you suffer from TMJ symptoms, contact the team at 7 Dental to get TMJ treatment in .

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