One of the most hard working and yet tiniest joints in your body is the temporomandibular joint that links the upper and lower jaws together. These two little things put in a lot of work each day in Sunbury with your eating, chewing and chattering, but this is part of the deal and it can handle things such as these. What the joint can’t handle though is extra curricular work that can come from teeth grinding or damage that can arise from sports. Teeth grinding can obliterate these joints over time: it wears them down, makes them click and also leads to damage throughout the head and neck. Sport can also put these joints in danger if the right precautions aren’t taken. It is why you have your teeth aligned and crowns fitted when any damage occurs in your teeth- to help your bite. If you look at a skull, it really brings home just how fragile these joints are and how they are only held together by muscles. It isn’t easy to say that you should be more aware of these joints as opposed to any others in the body, but if you are aware of what it is that they do and the way they do it, it may just sink in on some level enough to make you cautious about your jaws in the future. You can learn a lot more about your TMJ, how it works and what to do if things start to go wrong from Mulberry Dental Care in Walton.
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The abbreviation TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, that is the point at where the jaws meet at the back of your mouth, however like most terms in life it has evolved into meaning that if you have TMJ, it’s a condition that you have with your jaw-joints. However you paint it up, it is one of the smallest, delicate and important joints in the body. A lot of forces go through these joints each day, from chatting and chewing and more dangerously, grinding, so it is important to care for the occlusion or ‘bite’ of the mouth. In your early years, getting your teeth aligned can protect the jaws from over, under and cross biting and ensure that they come together correctly. This will reduce the stresses that go through the TMJ. The fitting of crowns, dental bridges and implants after tooth loss are also important in maintaining the health of the occlusion, as they help to keep the shape of the mouth true. If you participate in contact sports, it’s imperative that you protect your mouth and jaws from damage, again to save your jaw joints- because here’s the deal to all of this. If your jaw aches or clicks, it means that it could already be damaged and it may take some serious surgery to repair it. If you have any fears about this, Walton’s Mulberry Dental Care, that serves Sunbury, has all the information you need about TMJ.