What Causes TMD?

Many of our patients seek care for pain originating from their temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This type of problem is identified as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Your TMJ is a hinge that connects your jaw to the bones of your jaw that are in front of your ears. This hinge enables you to move your jaw up, down, and side-to-side, allowing you to talk and chew food. This joint is, therefore, incredibly important for a normal and healthy lifestyle.

Because this joint is used in so many daily activities, there can be a variety of problems associated with the hinge. These problems can cause significant pain or discomfort, which can last from a few weeks to several years. TMD most often affects people from the ages of 20-40, but can occur in older patients, as well. Pain can start in your jaw and can move to your neck and shoulders when you open your mouth. Some patients report problems with a stuck, or locked jaw, while others claim to observe popping or grating sounds when they open and close their mouth to chew or talk. In the end, these symptoms can result in severe headaches, migraines, or tenderness around your jaw muscles.

TMD is most often caused by a few factors:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth, which can often occur during sleep at night.
  • Arthritis originating in the temporomandibular joint.
  • Stress that causes you to clench your teeth or tighten your facial muscles.
  • An improper bite

We provide a very popular service to treat TMJ problems called TruDenta. This treatment is broken down into two steps: 

1. Assessment, including a bite force and range of motion analysis.

2. Treatment, including a non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure.

If you have any lingering questions about TMJ pain, or if you would like to schedule a dental exam, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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