What Causes TMJ Disorder?

tmj-painHave you ever woken up with a headache, facial pain, or dizziness? You may have been experiencing the effects of TMJ Disorder, sometimes called TMD. This condition refers to the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint, which allows the jaw to open and shut like a hinge. TMD affects millions of people around the world, due in part to the wide range of causes. If you think you may be suffering from this common ailment, our experienced dental professionals can diagnose your concern and present effective treatment options during your appointment.

Your temporomandibular joint makes a variety of actions possible, including the ability to speak, chew food, yawn, and more. One of the most prevalent causes of TMJ Disorder is clenching or grinding the teeth. Other contributing factors consist of arthritis, irregular joint position or misaligned bite, and overuse. In many cases, you may not even be aware that you have TMD, as symptoms can sometimes be attributed to other causes, such as stress or exhaustion. If you routinely have headaches, earaches, difficulty opening or closing your mouth, or numbness in the arms or the fingers, you may wish to discuss your symptoms with one of our skilled dentists.

There are myriad treatment options to effectively reduce the symptoms of TMJ Disorder and have you feeling back to normal again. If you have more questions about TMD, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to help. Please contact our office today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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