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Dangers of TMJ Disorders / TMD - Wilmington, Spring
As with any dental health issue, it’s important for a TMJ disorder to be treated as soon as possible. This will prevent the problem from becoming worse, and treating TMD in its early stages is much easier. If you should notice any potential symptoms of a TMJ disorder, it’s important that you contact our Wilmington practice right away. Speaking with Dr. Raj Kulkarni as soon as possible means excellent treatment and a commitment to patient education as well. Here are just three dangers of allowing a TMJ disorder to go untreated.
Severe Jaw and Facial Pain
Many TMJ disorders are caused by tooth grinding (bruxism). This can place lots of stress on the joint, the muscles of the face and neck, and the teeth and gums. Not getting a TMJ disorder addressed early can lead to more severe pain and discomfort.
In addition, arthritis is also a cause of TMJ disorders since it can lead to degeneration of the cartilage in the jaw area. There may be bone-on-bone contact in the jaw joint, resulting in severe pain when eating or even talking. Having your TMJ disorder addressed at our Wilmington practice early may help you address this problem without having to drastically modify your diet and lifestyle.
Lockjaw and Jaw Dislocation
For some people with TMJ disorders, they may experience lockjaw quite often. This can make it difficult to eat, speak, chew, or even yawn. There may also be an increased chance of the jaw becoming dislocated and poorly aligned as well.
Given the link between bruxism and TMJ disorders, patients may experience tooth damage as a result of grinding. This may mean minor chips and cracks on the teeth, but it can also result in major structural damage and compromised tooth strength as well.