If you have only recently discovered that you have TMJ disorder … but you haven’t done anything yet to follow through on receiving the TMJ treatment we offer or to make any lifestyle changes … it may be time to shift your priorities! As in, our Austin, MN team suggests you put protecting your TMJs (or your jaw joints) with our care and your own efforts as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may be looking at a future with additional symptoms and even some serious damage. Find out just how to make things better (it’s easier than you might think) and why!
Our Care For Your Jaw Joints
The second you hear that we offer TMJ treatment, your mind may race through possible medications or surgeries. However, the care is very simple and it also works wonders! It’s called oral appliance therapy. You wear a mouthguard that keeps TMJs relaxed and safe (and only when you sleep)!
Your Lifestyle Choices
During cleanings and checkups with us, we will always run through the same list of potential hazards with you in regard to keeping your oral health safe. When we focus on TMJ health, so you’re supporting the TMJ treatment you’re receiving, you can expect a list that focuses on letting your jaw joints rest and preventing them from excess strain and shock absorption! What might this include, you wonder? It’s very intuitive:
- If you take huge bites, you may strain your TMJs, so try to cut food into small pieces when eating.
- If you eat foods that are extremely tough, hard, or chewy, you may exhaust your jaw joints, so be careful and choose softer foods when possible.
- If you chew gum or take part in lots of snacking, this can overwork jaw joints.
- If you deal with any issues like bruxism, seek treatment to prevent additional damage.
Why You Really Do Need Help!
Whether your TMJ disorder is caused by bruxism (grinding and clenching), too much force, or anything else, you may find that multiple things happen the longer you avoid treatment. First, if the cause includes something that is also stressing your teeth, you may end up requiring restorative care for a damaged smile down the line. In addition, your jaw joints aren’t going to have time to rest or recover. Instead, you will exacerbate any injuries and damage is likely to occur or to worsen. So, we suggest you protect your jaw joints and you give your oral health a promising future!
Protect TMJs With Our Care
Keep your jaw joints healthy, so you can enjoy a full range of motion and comfort, by seeking TMJ treatment with us. Remember, the moment you begin is the moment you choose jaw health over damage! Schedule a visit with our Austin, MN practice today by contacting Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic today at 507-437-6312 to schedule your care.