Consequences of TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are essentially the hinges that link the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. Problems with these joints make it difficult to eat, chew or even talk but that is just the tip of the iceberg. 

Caught early most TMJ disorders can be successfully treated by a dentist but if left untreated other related problems can follow. These include:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Joint cartilage degeneration
  • Damaged tooth enamel

Tooth enamel damage is a major issue as TMJ disorders have been linked to teeth grinding which leads to eroded tooth enamel, chipped and cracked teeth, tooth sensitivity and inflamed gums.

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