Did you that your temporomandibular (jaw) joint and surrounding bones are actually an integral and deeply connected part of the rest of your bones or skeleton. In fact, most people don’t even know about these intricate connections! So, that’s why your Sheboygan dentist is going to fill you in on the basics you should know to help you live a healthier, pain-free life.
One of the things about our TMJ is that it tends to go unnoticed and really unrecognized for the critical role it plays in our everyday lives. Did you know this hinged, gliding joint is the most consistently used joint in the body? It works with your ligaments and muscles throughout your entire body, to help ensure you’re at peak performance.
But sometimes, just one little glitch in the system can significantly impact your health, and TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is one of the best examples of this. This disorder wreaks havoc on not only your TMJ but also your ability to:
– Open your mouth
– Chew foods
– Speak properly
When these issues occur, they can lead to other problems elsewhere in your body that you (and your doctor) would never even think to relate to TMD or your misaligned jaw.
It’s not uncommon for patients to visit our dental office in Sheboygan with TMD symptoms and not even know it. We see it happen all the time because so many patients (and even physicians) refuse to believe it’s true.
The truth is: having a misaligned jaw means every time you’re opening or closing your mouth, it’s not balanced and there’s bound to be added pressure on your jaw joints and bones. (Think about how many times you open and close your mouth every single day, especially if you’re in a position or job where you’re continually speaking.)
As your jaw muscles and facial bones become more and more worn down and overworked, you begin not to chew properly, sit straight, or even sleep well. This can cause:
– Ear pain
– Migraines and headaches
– Back pain
– Ringing in your ears
– Neck pain
Because poor jaw alignment affects how you sit and stand, causing your body to enter into “fight or flight” mode. This can cause generalized anxiety issues, and so much more!
No two cases of TMD are ever alike. As you can see, it’s not uncommon for symptoms to present themselves in some pretty mysterious places in your body. It’s important to schedule a consultation and examination at our dental office in Sheboygan. There’s a solution for your pain and discomfort; it’s just a matter of you taking the first steps and regaining control of your life. Make it a point to call us today!