One of the main priorities dentists have, in all of the fields that they work in is to protect the occlusion of the mouth. This is the way the jaws bite together and this is important for those tiny joints where the lower jaw meets the skull- the temporomandibular joint or TMJ as it is commonly known as, although now, TMJ is a term relating to a disorder in the joint. From crowns, orthodontic work to the replacement of teeth, all of this is done to protect these little joints and if you think about it, they do a lot of work during the day with chewing and your endless chattering. But life can place a lot of stresses on you and one of the results of this can be teeth grinding: this condition can be perilous to your TMJ and soon it will take its toll; the joints may start aching and click whenever you open your mouth. This can lead to all manner of problems throughout your head, your neck and your upper back. If you do damage these joints, they only remedy is to have surgery done to rectify the problem and even then, they will never be the same again. If you would like to know more about your TMJ and how to look after them, then give Mulberry Dental a call; they serve the Molesey area and can give you the best advice around today.