Jaw Joints: A Few Things You Should Know (If You Don’t Already)

There are some things that you might not realize about your jaw joints. In fact, when it comes to your oral health in general, you may be so focused on your teeth and gums that you don’t ever really broaden your scope to realize there are lots of other tissues that make up the framework of your mouth! This is perfectly okay. However, our Southlake, TX team would like to help you grow your current knowledge, so you are certain to know more about your jaws, your jaw health, and how to keep it safe!

They’re Called TMJs

First, to begin at the very beginning, you should know that your jaw joints are also known as your temporomandibular joints, which can be abbreviated as TMJs. Your jaw joints are the part of your anatomy that will let your jaw move, so you can open and close your mouth and move your jaw about. They’re important! However, if you’re not mindful, you can accidentally harm your jaw health.

They Can End Up With A Disorder

When your TMJs become damaged, injured, fatigued, overworked, etc., you can find yourself with decreased function. This is called TMJ disorder. Of course, you want good jaw health! So, if this happens, you should let us know immediately! Not sure how you would be able to pick up on this because you have never really heard of it before? Here are some helpful hints: If your jaw pops or snaps or makes other noises, the area in or around your joints hurts or feels tired, or you find that you’re having trouble consistently opening and closing your mouth, tell us!

You Can Treat Problems Through Many Means

Guess what? If you are dealing with TMJ disorder, hope is certainly on the horizon. First, we may be able to provide you with an oral appliance that will assist you in letting your jaw joints rest, while you sleep. Remember: We also treat bruxism, which is chronic, involuntary grinding and clenching that can aggravate your jaw joints. Or, we may refer you to a specialist, where you can enjoy additional care. We will also suggest daily lifestyle changes you can make to give your jaw joints a break!

See Us When You Think Your Jaw Joints Need Care

If you are worried that you are suffering from TMJ disorder or are headed in that direction, let our team know! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.