Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) include a range of conditions that affect the muscles of the face and jaw. TMJ can cause debilitating pain and discomfort, interfering with necessary functions of the jaw, such as speaking and chewing. TMJ Symptoms can develop on one or both sides of the jaw. The causes of TMJ are complex and can vary from person to person, so meeting with our Denver TMJ dentist is an important step in addressing your TMJ problems.
Because TMJ can become chronic and can cause greater damage over time, prevention is important. By reducing risk factors from TMJ, you may be able to avoid developing a more serious manifestation of the condition and even correct the problem.
Risk Factors for TMJ Problems
TMJ affects women more often than men. Adults between the ages of 20 and 40 are the most common sufferers. Those who grind or clench their teeth due to stress or habits are more likely to develop symptoms of TMJ. Misalignments may be a contributing factor as well. To reduce these risks, consider the following:
- Wear a mouthguard to cushion and protect the teeth and jaw
- Seek treatment for underlying causes like arthritis
- Engage in stress management procedures
- Practice meditation and relaxation techniques
- Avoid overworking the jaw by eliminating gum and particularly chewy foods
- Seek TMJ treatment from an experienced TMJ dentist like Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Please call our Denver Area office today at 303-988-9060 to schedule your TMJ assessment appointment with TMJ dentist, Dr. Scott Greenhalgh. We treat patients from across the Denver Metro Area in our Lakewood office.