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If there's a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), you may feel pain in your teeth, jaw, and the surrounding areas.

The dentists at Newport Family Dental Care, PLLC can provide you with solutions for TMJ pain to improve your comfort.

See how the dentists at our Newport, TN, practice can alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder and restore functionality to your jaw.

What Is the TMJ?

The TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint, is the joint where the upper and lower jaws connect. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for allowing the mouth to open and close. When something is wrong with the temporomandibular joint, you may notice symptoms such as:

  • Pain and tenderness around the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders
  • Pain when speaking, chewing, or yawning
  • Clicking and popping noises when opening and closing the mouth
  • Inability to open the mouth wide
  • Jaw that tends to get locked into position
  • Swelling on the sides of the face
  • Headaches, earaches, and neck aches
  • Dizziness


TMJ disorders, often referred to as TMD or temporomandibular joint syndrome, occur when there are problems with the jawbone and surrounding facial muscles that control jaw movement. These problems can last for weeks to years and cause serious dental concerns, including:
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Worn Teeth

TMJ can cause clenching and grinding of the teeth that wear down tooth surfaces over time, leading to sensitivity and chipped or fractured teeth. If your teeth continue to wear down, you may even develop a misaligned bite.

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Gum Recession

When you clench your teeth due to problems with the TMJ, you're at risk of putting pressure on your gums. This can lead to gum recession and exposed tooth roots. When gums recede, your teeth are more likely to develop decay and sensitivity.

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Loose Teeth

Gum recession and teeth grinding or clenching can lead to loose teeth due to the excessive force that is put on the teeth and ligaments. In extreme cases, your TMJ dysfunction can even lead to tooth loss.

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Bone Loss

If your TMD causes misalignment or tooth loss, your jawbone won't receive the stimulation it requires. This can lead to jawbone atrophy.

When patients don't seek out relief for their TMJ, their dental health can suffer significantly. Our Newport, TN, dentists recommend attending regular dental checkups and seeking out relief when patients notice the signs of a TMJ disorder.


Our dentists are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy smile for life. During an appointment at Newport Family Dental Care, PLLC, in Newport, TN, our team of professionals can diagnose and treat your TMJ disorders to ease your pain and restore functionality to your mouth and jaw.

If you notice any of the symptoms of temporomandibular disorder, we can provide you with a solution. Request an appointment at our Newport, TN, office by calling:

(423) 623-1307

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Factors That Contribute to TMD

Even though the primary cause of TMD is still unknown, scientists believe that some of the symptoms are a result of problems with the muscles and jaw joints. Certain habits can also contribute to this condition. Some of the known factors that cause TMJ disorders include:

  • Trauma to the mouth
  • Chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Arthritis

Who's Likely to Develop TMD?

Though anyone can develop TMJ disorders, certain factors can increase your risk, including:

  • Being a woman
  • Having high stress levels
  • Having bruxism
  • Being between the ages of 20 and 40

Though a splint can be a good way to alleviate the symptoms occurring in your TMJ, our Newport, TN, dentists may recommend that you combine your treatment with lifestyle changes.

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The experienced dental team at Newport Family Dental Care provides a wide range of treatments. Our dentists are affiliated with a number of highly respected professional associations, including:

  • Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry
  • American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

We invite you to schedule an appointment at our Newport, TN, dental office, by contacting us online or calling (423) 623-1307

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