Arthritis and TMJ

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You will experience jaw popping or discomfort if you have a TMJ condition. Unfortunately, these widespread symptoms are just the beginning. Without treatment, your TMJ issue can cause several types of jaw arthritis. Problems with your TMJ in Coral Springs can make it challenging for you to eat, speak, and smile as you typically would. Continue reading to find out more about TMJ dysfunction, and how, if left untreated, it can cause arthritis.  

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How Does TMJ Dysfunction Lead to Arthritis?  

Arthritis Rheumatoid

TMJ problems affect less than 17% of adults and kids with rheumatoid arthritis. Pain, edema, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth are a few symptoms. X-rays may not detect any problems in the early stages, but your dentist may later detect bone damage if the condition persists.   Thankfully, setting an appointment with your dentist at least once a year can prevent and resolve these problems. By calling your dentist, you can avoid pain and smile comfortably after learning more about the various types of arthritis that TMJ problems can bring on.  


Your TMJ may be impacted by degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis. Grinding, stiffness, or slight discomfort are common signs of this condition, typically affecting adults over 50. Overworked jaw joints often bring on dysfunction; however, each situation is unique. A TMJ splint or dental appliance is created and customized to aid in the recovery of your jaw, especially when you wear it for at least 20 hours per day.  

Arthritis Brought on By Trauma  

Acute injury, such as tooth extraction, can occasionally result in TMJ arthritis. If you have traumatic arthritis, you'll likely have pain, soreness/tenderness, and restricted motion. Contacting your dentist is the only way to determine your condition's best course of action. Your dental professional may suggest a soft diet, anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids, and a restriction on the mobility of your jaw to help you regain total health.  

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Learn More About TMJ Therapy in Coral Springs  

TMJ therapy is one of the cutting-edge treatment options offered by our dentists at Oral Facial Reconstruction. We take pleasure in assisting patients to live more comfortably every day. Give us a call for more information!