Can Braces Help Relieve TMJ Pain?

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Do you feel pain or have difficulty chewing food? Do you experience pain in your jaw? Do you ever hear a popping or clicking sound when opening and closing your jaw? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). TMD can cause jaw and bite alignment issues and can also be caused by these same issues. The temporomandibular joint is the joint on either side of the face that connect the jawbones to the skull. This joint is responsible for moving the jaw and allows us to perform such acts as speaking, chewing, singing, yawning, etc.

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Relieving TMJ Pain in Idaho Falls

TMJ Pain in Idaho Falls

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) much unless it is causing you pain or discomfort. Your TMJs are the hinge joints that connect each side of your lower jaw bone to the temporal bones in your skull. The joints are located just in front of your ears and allow you to move your jaw in multiple directions so that you can chew, talk, and yawn.

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