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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): TMJ Disorder Treatment

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At Lusk Family Dentistry, we never underestimate the importance of patient education. Not only do we care about the health of our patients, but we know that good oral care is essential for a person’s overall health.

Some of our most common questions are answered below. If you have any other questions, or if you have questions about your specific treatment or oral health in general, please don’t hesitate to ask! We want to help you make informed decisions about the oral health of you and your family.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Teeth Wearing Away FAQ | Lusk Family DentistryTeeth are made for chewing, and the outermost layer of teeth—the enamel—is the strongest substance in the body. Certain things can lead to wearing down of the teeth. If you are grinding and clenching your teeth, this can cause damage to the enamel and it can fracture fillings.

Problems With Your Bite

Malocclusion, or bite problems, can also cause excessive wearing of teeth. An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite. Once your bite is adjusted, your teeth will meet properly, preventing unnecessary wear.

Click on the link to read more about our TMJ treatment options here at Lusk Family Dentistry. If you feel like you have a problem with your bite, please call our office for an in-depth exam and explanation of treatment.


You might have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), although it is more commonly called TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects our TMJ Treatment | farmington nmlower jaw to our skull. When the joint becomes inflamed, people can have chronic jaw pain as well as limited mobility and fatigue.

You might also have issues with your bite that are causing the pain. Your bite might be misaligned and may need orthodontic treatment to fix this issue. To be seen for your jaw pain and to discuss all your options, call our office!

If your teeth are chipping and breaking, you might be grinding your teeth—either consciously or subconsciously while you sleep.chipping teeth | farmington nm dentist This could be a sign of nighttime grinding or TMJ, which causes you to clench your teeth. This can lead to further problems with your teeth and your overall oral health. Sometimes TMJ treatment is required to stop further damage.

Occlusal Adjustment

Another possibility is that your bite needs an adjustment. An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite that might be off because of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. The result is an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth. Once your bite is adjusted, your teeth will meet properly and your teeth will no longer be subject to enough pressure to chip and break.

Call our office to schedule your exam to see if you could benefit from TMJ treatment. 

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