Stress Can Cause TMJ

African American woman having a headache from working on a computer at home.

A lot of people are experiencing unusual anxiety surrounding the uncertainties of the current COVID-19 disease outbreak. The last thing you should have to worry about in these times is your dental health, and yet stress can actually impact your dental health. Facial tension and jaw pain are common symptoms of stress that, left ignored, can become a more complicated condition known as TMJ. At Sudbury Dental Arts, Dr. Robert Gauthier and Dr. Joseph Cheung are dedicated to patient care. They are dentists in Sudbury, MA that treat patients of all ages. Learn more about TMJ as well as the emergency options we are offering below:

What is TMJ?

TMJ is really a catch-all term for disorders of the temporomandibular joints that connect the upper and lower jaws. TMJ is frequently associated with stress. Stress creates muscle tension and over time, muscle tension can lead to poor jaw alignment and longterm pain. Chronic headaches are one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. Jaw pain, jaw popping or clicking, and sensitive teeth are also symptoms. All this can sound scary, but Sudbury Dental Arts does, in fact, offer treatment for the symptoms of  TMJ, as well as for the underlying malocclusion causing your TMJ.

We Are Accepting Emergency Appointments

While Sudbury Dental Arts have closed for regular appointments as advised by the Massachusetts Dental Society, we are still ready to provide emergency dental care to existing patients. If you notice unusual pain or sensitivity, or if you suffer a facial trauma of any kind, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Robert Gautier at 978-394-3290.

Reschedule Your Regular Appointment

Don’t worry – our closure isn’t forever. We plan to reopen for regular activity on April 6. Once we reopen, please feel free to reschedule any dental care you may have missed. To schedule, contact us on our website or at (978) 369-2500.



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