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The temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw to your skull. It’s an important joint, and it’s easily irritated. Whenever you have pain or irritation in this joint, it’s known as TMJ disorder.

A lot of different things can cause TMJ disorder. Knowing what causes it can help you avoid getting it. Even if you’ve never had it before, it’s possible to contract TMJ disorder. Today we’ll look at what it is so you can hopefully avoid it.

What is it?
TMJ disorder is, at its most basic, irritation of the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. A lot of things can cause it, but regardless of the cause, a dentists can help treat it. While it is a chronic condition, the good news is that you have a lot of treatment options.

What treatment options do I have?
When you come in to see one of our dentists for treatment, you’ll have quite a few options to choose from. Some cases of TMJ disorder come from clenching your teeth in your sleep. That means a night guard is likely a good treatment choice.

Anti-inflammatory medication is also widely used, as is physical therapy. The team here at Family Dentistry in Newburgh, Indiana, will work closely with you to determine the best long-term treatment solution.

Will it go away?
TMJ disorder can clear up on its own and come back without warning. But by staying on top of it and managing it actively like you are now, you’ll be able to minimize the discomfort it causes. To learn more about this disorder, or if you just need to make an appointment, call us today at 812.853.3313. Come in and meet with one of our caring dentists, Drs. David Ogle, Samuel Schmitz, William Hart, and F. David Fickas