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TMJ Risk Factors -- Las Vegas, NV

Understanding Your Risk for TMJ Disorders

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Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on either side of your face in front of your ear. It connects your jaw to your skull and allows you to open and close your mouth. You may not think about the joint often, but it has a significant role in your daily life. It allows you to chew, speak, and even yawn. It is not until a complication arises that you pay more attention to it. Among the most common problem to affect the joint is a TMJ disorder, which causes pain and limited mobility. Although it can occur in anyone, there are certain risk factors that increase your odds. Dr. Pamela West can treat TMJ disorders at her sleep center in Las Vegas.

Risk Factors for TMJ Disorders

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The temporomandibular joint allows you to perform sliding motions that are combined with hinge action. The bones of the joint are covered with cartilage, which is separated by small disks to absorb the shock. This allows you to enjoy smooth movements when talking, chewing, biting, or yawning. Unfortunately, damage or strain to the joint can limit these functions.

Currently, it is estimated 10 million people have TMJ disorders while 25% of the population will experience symptoms at some point during their lives. The condition causes you to feel pain in the jaw muscles, ears, head, or neck. It is common to experience a clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing your mouth. In some cases, your jaw may even lock into an opened or closed position.

Anyone can experience the complications of a TMJ disorder, but there are various factors that increase your risk, such as:

Stop Your Jaw Pain

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Dr. West provides more than just sleep apnea and snoring treatment in Las Vegas. She also offers customized solutions for TMJ therapy. She can stop your jaw pain and improve your quality of life. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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