Nail Biting May Lead to TMJ Issues

 

Nail Biting May Lead to TMJ Issues

Patients who bite their nails may think it’s just a harmless habit, but it could be causing significant oral health problems, such as damaged teeth and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Whenever you use your teeth and jaws for a function for which they are not intended, you can cause harm. Biting your teeth places unusual […]

Can wisdom teeth cause TMJ disorder?

You may have heard of a friend or acquaintance who noticed symptoms of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, like jaw pain or clicking, popping or locking of the jaw, shortly after having their wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon. Because of the timing of the events, those people may have blamed their TMJ symptoms […]

Will TMJ disorder resolve on its own?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex structure, comprised of a number of components that must work together properly in order to facilitate the jaw’s movement in multiple planes. When there is a problem with the muscles, tendons or bones that make up the jaw, a painful TMJ disorder can occur. In general, patients who […]

Will Insurance Cover Treatment for TMJ Disorder?

Surgical treatment can often give patients relief from symptoms of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder when other, more conservative interventions have been ineffective. Unfortunately, some patients may be reluctant to pursue surgical options out of concerns related to the cost associated with such procedures. Patients who have medical and/or dental insurance often find that TMJ […]

TMJ Disorder: When is surgery necessary?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull and is responsible for all mouth movement. When you open your mouth or bite down on food, your TMJ is being used. Surrounded by ligaments and muscles, your TMJ can become strained if you have a malocclusion (improper bite), tooth wear, or if you grind […]