When you think of temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you probably think of a health condition that only affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), just as the name suggests. However, TMD can cause a negative trickle-down effect that causes challenges for the entire body, including teeth grinding and sleep apnea. Here are some surprising side effects can occur, as well as top reasons you shouldn’t put off TMJ treatment any longer.
- Sleep Issues
Jaw pain can make it difficult to get quality sleep at night by causing sleep apnea symptoms. Chronic lack of sleep can lead to a wide variety of problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and depressed immune function. Sleep deprivation can also make you less efficient in your daily responsibilities.
- Posture Problems
When your jaw is misaligned, it can cause problems for much more than just your mouth. The muscle tension and imbalance that occurs as a result of TMD can affect your entire spinal column and can lead to back pain and poor posture. It is also possible to develop TMD as a result of poor posture.
- Diminished Quality of Life
The pain from TMD can interfere with your everyday activities and can lead to a diminished quality of life. It can also affect your food choices and make it difficult to get the nutrition you need from a variety of food sources.
- Restricted Airways
When your bite is misaligned it can alter the position of your tongue and cause it to restrict your airway. Inadequate oxygen can cause a variety of problems, including decreased athletic activity, chronic headaches and excessive sleepiness.
Come See Us
There is no reason to live with the physical and emotional pain caused by TMD. If you have been putting off treatment, it is time to improve your quality of life by visiting our family dentistry practice in Schaumburg, IL and receiving a treatment plan. Schedule your appointment with Drs. Jig and Avani Patel by contacting Schaumburg Dental Studio today.