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By Murphy Dental Group, PLLC
January 02, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Stress   TMJ  

TMJBoth you and your family deserve a mouth full of good health - but the persistent stress you've been feeling this holiday season could be undermining just that. That's because stress can cause problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in the form of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), a set of conditions characterized by pain symptoms and insufficient use of the muscles and joints in that area.

Fortunately for you or anyone you know suffering from TMD, there are long-term answers available right here in Milton, MA. That's because Murphy Dental Group, PLLC makes sure of it, providing only the most comprehensive treatment options for any TMJ need you may have.

Check out some of the biggest signs that you may have TMD below:

Jaw Noises

If you're starting to hear a clicking, popping, or grating sound in your TMJ when you flex your jaw, then it's time for the dentist to take a look. After all, this sometimes happens because the disk located inside the joint is moving around. This symptom should be of particular concern if pain or limited jaw function comes along with it.

Muscle And Joint Pain

If you start to feel pain in your cheeks or temples, you may be fighting a TMD. If a residual soreness is awaiting your jaw muscles when you wake up in the morning, your dentist will likely help you find a custom-made nightguard that can help protect you from grinding your teeth together unknowingly while you sleep. This can help your jaw muscles relax so that they can enjoy a full night's rest, too!

Similarly, if you're experiencing pain in the joint itself rather than the surrounding muscles, you might be suffering from TMJ arthritis. Though arthritis is currently uncurable, ask your dentist about available medications for arthritic symptom relief.

Milton's Answer To TMDs

While stress serves as one of the leading causes for just about all health problems, that doesn't mean your TMJs need to be the next victim. Make Murphy Dental Group, PLLC your trusted family dentist by calling (617) 696-3900 today!