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How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth


Posted on 7/20/2019 by Front Desk
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost TeethSuffering from TMJ pain can be quite an ordeal. From headaches to pain in the joint itself, TMJ conditions are really no fun. The good news is that there are things you can to do help ease the pain, particularly if you are missing one or more of your teeth.

The Link Between Your Teeth and TMJ

To understand how to manage your TMJ pain, you need to understand how your jaw works. As you chew your food, drink fluids, or even speak, your jaw opens and closes thousands of times a day. In a normal mouth, the teeth help align the movement of the jaw and prevent it from closing incorrectly.

However, if you are missing any of your teeth—even if it is just a few of them—you may find yourself developing TMJ pain. This is because of the vital role the teeth can play in assuring the correct function of your TMJ.

Managing Pain by Replacing Missing Teeth

Given the link between properly positioned teeth and the joint where the jawbone meets the skull, it stands to reason that replacing missing teeth can bring real relief from TMJ pain. As the joint begins to operate correctly once again, you will find that you experience relief almost immediately.

Because of this, even if you don't feel that you need to replace your teeth for purposes of chewing or speaking, you may want to consider replacements if you are suffering from TMJ pain. Even if you do not yet have any TMJ pain, there is a very good chance that it will develop if your bite is not aligned properly, so consider replacing your missing teeth as a pre-emptive method of managing TMJ pain.

Remember, you only get one TMJ, so be sure to take care of it as best you can.




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