Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ Disorders generally occur due to trauma suffered to the jaw joints. This trauma can be acute or develop over a long-term period.
Acute trauma can result from a blow to the head or face, an extended dental procedure, or biting down improperly on a hard object. Long-term microtrauma can develop from nighttime bruxism, the clenching and grinding of the teeth while sleeping or clenching during the daytime.
TMJ Disorders are often conservatively managed with Dental splints to manage bruxism and protect the teeth from further damage. A nighttime splint (nightguard) is recommended for use while sleeping, and a daytime splint may be recommended to prevent daytime clenching.
Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder include jaw or facial Pain, difficult or painful chewing, lockjaw, headaches, ear pain, and worn or sensitive teeth.
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