Though TMJ disorder isn’t a widely-known or talked-about health condition, it is one that is most definitely preventable. Patients who knowingly grind or clench their teeth at night should seek immediate help from a dentist, as such problems can only further deteriorate the health of the teeth and the jaw joint. Untreated grinding and clenching may ultimately lead to TMJ disorder, a condition known to cause all sorts of pain and discomfort in various parts of the body. In patients who grind or clench their teeth, a mouth guard can be created and worn to protect against any further damage.
Teeth grinding and clenching is known to cause damage to the teeth’s dentition. But, with the right treatment, this damage can be stopped, which means that early diagnosis is a must. For patients, this means that such conditions need to be treated almost immediately to protect from further damage that can lead to worsening oral and dental health.
Early Diagnosis Is Key
In the end, while TMJ may be preventable, prevention requires that diagnosis be made almost immediately. This means that patients who experience any symptoms commonly associated with TMJ should seek dental assistance. If you suffer from jaw pain, neck pain, headaches, or other TMJ symptoms, call or email Dr. Siegel’s office today. Schedule an appointment to learn more about TMJ and the available treatment that can protect your teeth and your jaw bone.