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How a Bridge Can Help Your TMJ

Posted on 11/13/2016 by Keith M. Cooper
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Getting a bridge is a great first step towards relief if you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder ("TMJ" for short). This is because one of the causes of TMJ is teeth that have become misaligned and are affecting your bite.

Here's more information on how a bridge can help relieve the pain and suffering brought on by TMJ.

A Bridge Will Help Keep Your Teeth in Their Proper Position

One reason that TMJ can occur has to do with the positioning of your teeth. When your teeth begin to shift position-whether due to a missing tooth, incorrect spacing, or some other reason-one of the effects can be a change in your bite. This, in turn, can impact the joint where your jaw attaches to your skull, and can lead to TMJ.

Installing a bridge will help keep your teeth in their proper position or, in the case of teeth that have already started to shift, return them to their original spacing. This will reduce wear and tear on your teeth and alleviate TMJ suffering.

Even If You Already Suffer from TMJ, A Bridge Can Help

Although it's always best to address TMJ before it becomes a major issue, getting a bridge can help alleviate and even reverse the pain and suffering from TMJ. Each case is different in complexity and the individual factors involved, so you should definitely spend some time talking with your dentist or your dental health care professional, but chances are pretty good that a bridge can help you.

We are here to help you live a life that is free from pain and discomfort. If you have any questions about getting a bridge to treat or prevent TMJ, please contact our office today!

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San Jose, CA 95129
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