TMJ disorder refers to a condition affecting the temporomandibular joint – the main joint found on each side of the face that connects the lower jaw to the skull. This joint moves in several different ways – both to open and close the mouth and to allow the jaw to slide forwards and backward and slightly from side to side. Ideally, the joint should move smoothly and with ease, but sometimes problems can occur.
Gum disease is a progressive condition and will only get worse without treatment. As it advances, patients can expect to experience bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums, severe dental pain, and eventually tooth loss. Some research has also shown that patients with advanced gum disease are more likely to develop serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. If your dentist identifies that you are suffering from gum disease, you may be referred for a treatment called scaling and root planing.
Many people think that toothaches are only caused by areas of decay, but actually, dental pain can occur for a wide variety of different reasons. There are also different types of dental pain, ranging from persistent, dull throbbing pain, to a sharp pain that makes it impossible to eat or drink. The type of dental pain that you experience will vary depending on the cause of your underlying toothache.