Jaw disorders in Brookfield often occur as a result of individuals who have the bad habit of teeth grinding. Also referred to as bruxism, if teeth grinding continues over long periods of time (some patients have been grinding their teeth for many years), then you can develop problems with the jaw, your gums, and your teeth. A common jaw disorder in Brookfield is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitates chewing and speaking.
Referred to as a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), individuals who develop this type of jaw disorder in Brookfield often suffer from frequent headaches, a clicking or popping sound when they open or close their mouths, neck pain, and possibly even tooth sensitivity. If left untreated, TMD can lead to improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws, and even an arthritic condition of the jaw joint.
Your dentist can recommend various treatments for TMD and other jaw disorders in Brookfield, such as muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback, or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep to prevent you from grinding your teeth and causing more damage.