Dental Health Care Focus: TMJ Disorders

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A temporomandibular joint, also known as a TMJ, is a complex ball and socket joint within your jaw. Thanks to the TMJs on each side of your jaws, you can speak competently, open and close your mouth, and chew your food. However, due to the complex nature of the joints, they can be harmed rather easily, leading to TMJ disorders.

For more information about TMJ disorders, see below:

– Your TMJ disorder could be triggered by another underlying disorder such as bruxism. If you are unknowingly grinding and clenching your teeth at night, additional stress and pressure will be placed on your jaw.
– Meditation practices including yoga, calming music, and biofeedback are excellent stress relievers that can alleviate jaw pressure.
– Joint pain accompanying TMJ disorders can be alleviated with heat or ice packs.
– Numerous foods and habits can lead to additional wear and tear on your jaw and lead to damage with your TMJs, including nail-biting, chewing gum, or rough or chewy foods such as steak.

If you would like to discuss a TMJ disorder treatment with Dr. Peter Karsant and the rest of our team here at Karsant Dentistry, please schedule an appointment to come see us at our office in San Francisco, California. Our number is 415-333-3919. Come in today, and show off your better smile tomorrow!