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Mouth Guards Can Provide Respite From A TMJ Disorder
Jul 2017
Dr Karishma Jaradi
Aesthetic Dentist - Dentzz Dental Care Centres

Does discomfort and pain in your jaw and neck areas sound familiar? Do you often hear a clacking or cracking sound, the moment you open or close your mouth? Beware, because these are characteristic symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
TMJ is joints located right in front of the ear or are placed on either side of the head. The TMJ along with the surrounding ligaments clamp the lower jawbone to the skull’s temporal bone. Along with facilitating facial expressions, eating and speaking, TMJ is one of the most intricate joints in the human body. This dental disorder is typically a condition which troubles the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), linking the jaw line to the lower portion of the skull.

The TMJ Disorder
Often connected to high levels of stress, this syndrome results in the damage of teeth, bite problems, severe headaches, visual disturbances, migraines and a buzzing sound in the ears. When this condition goes untreated, it aggravates the problem and the pain prolongs. In extreme cases, surgery is recommended to correct the bite and to readjust the jaw. However, most dentists opt for non-surgical and non-invasive methods to prevent health risks, which includes the use of a mouth guard.