When we are young and devil-may-care, we can be forgiven for taking our bodies for granted; we don’t even consider what we put our systems through. But when you break the body down, it is very fragile in places- like the jaws for example. Where the jaws come together on each side, they are hinged by the temporomandibular joints, or TMJ- an abbreviation also used to describe the condition when these joints start to go wrong. They are very tiny and fragile; the only protection they have is from the muscle tissue that surrounds them. Now, they can take the everyday things that are thrown at them, like chewing and talking, but they don’t take kindly to being exposed to extra curricular threats, like from contact sports or teeth grinding; grinding especially can devastate these joints. The first signs of something going wrong are when your jaws click when you chew, or open and close your mouth; they may also ache a lot. You are now descending into a dangerous area because if you don’t identify and stop the cause of the problem, you will need some pretty hefty surgery to repair the damage done. Mulberry Dental Care of Surrey can help you with any problems you may be having with your TMJ and offer their expertise on how to look after them: they serve the Kingston-upon-Thames area- so get in touch.
Posts tagged “TMJ jaw pain”
July 26th, 2013