Written by: on June 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am

the importance of tmjs and jaw healthThere are many factors that contribute to a strong and healthy smile. Keeping your teeth clean by brushing and flossing them at least twice a day helps control the bacteria that can lead to destructive dental diseases. However, ensuring that your smile functions as it’s supposed to is a different matter, and TMJ disorder (which affects your jaw’s components) is a common affliction that can hinder this function. Today, we explore the conditions of TMJ disorder and the importance of your jawbone’s health and function.

An Even Jaw Makes Your Bite Work

Even the healthiest, strongest teeth won’t serve much purpose if you aren’t able to use them. Your jaw’s movement is controlled by your two temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, which connect your lower jaw to the temporal bones in your skull. Your lower jaw, or mandible, glides smoothly along these joints when your teeth and jaw are healthy and even.

If your bite is imbalanced, either from crooked teeth or a damaged, uneven jawbone, then these joints can suffer from the strain of trying to keep your mouth straight. Over time, the strain can lead to the intense discomfort of TMJ disorder. If not treated, the damage and inflammation of your jaw’s joints and muscles can make it difficult, as well as painful, to open and close your mouth.

Jawbone Health and Replacement Teeth

A healthy jawbone requires more than balance; it also requires substance to support the roots of your teeth. For instance, gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States, can erode your jawbone’s structure when allowed to run rampant. As the foundation of your smile, your jawbone must remain adequate to support your healthy teeth and the dental implants that replace your lost ones. For your continued good oral health, seek the expertise of your dentist to resolve TMJ disorder and improve your jawbone’s health.

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Catogories: General Dentistry, TMD

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