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TMJ Disorder: What You Should Know

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As you may know, headaches can be extremely annoying and painful. However, would you be surprised to hear that headaches can actually be caused by dental issues? In reality, there are several reasons you could be suffering from headaches or a stiff jaw.

In reality, if you wake up with frequent headaches, you could be dealing with teeth grinding. You see, some people grind their teeth while they’re asleep—which can make teeth grinding difficult to recognize. If you’re told that you make strange noises while you sleep, you could be grinding your teeth. This can actually lead to several problems, including fractured or chipped teeth or tooth loss.

TMJ disorder is another problem that could be causing your sore jaw. Sadly, if you have TMJ disorder, you could struggle to move your jaw or even open or close your mouth entirely. This is because your TMJ is the joint that attaches your jaw to your skull. Sadly, if you have TMJ disorder, you could unintentionally start grinding your teeth.

A sore or a stiff jaw may also be caused by anxiety. As you probably know, many people clench their teeth when they’re nervous. Unfortunately, this puts extreme pressure on your jaw. Fortunately, there are a few things you can consider doing if you clench your teeth. Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more about preventing these problems.

If you’re interested in hearing more about how you can prevent a sore jaw or headaches in Mesa, Arizona, we invite you to give Bryce E. Justesen, DDS a call at 480.827.1234. Dr. Bryce E. Justesen will be happy to answer any questions you might have and to help you keep your teeth healthy. We’re excited to meet with you!