Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder, is more common than you may realize. However, many patients who experience it don’t realize that their chronic jaw pain (and other related symptoms) is caused by the disorder. Therefore, they don’t realize that an examination from their dentist could be their best option for finding relief from their chronic aches and pains. Today, we take a brief look at the most common causes of TMJ disorder, and how your dentist can help you address your jaw dysfunction by correcting the appropriate underlying issue.
A misaligned bite can describe crooked teeth, an asymmetrical jawbone, or worn teeth surfaces that interfere with your bite’s pressure disbursement. In any cases, the discrepancy can cause your jaw muscles to strain as they try to realign your jaw every time you bite and chew. This can exhaust or damage your jaw’s joints and muscles, though the condition may be corrected with orthodontic treatment or, in severe cases, jawbone surgery.
Excessive, chronic stress manifests itself in numerous ways. Physically, it can cause your body’s muscles to remain tense, including the ones in your jaw. Constantly tightened jaw muscles mean that your teeth are constantly grinding, which can damage one or both of your TMJs. Engaging in stress-relieving hobbies, like walking or doing arts and crafts, can relieve stress and alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Arthritis in one or both joints
Arthritis can develop for numerous reasons and in virtually any joint within the body. Rheumatoid arthritis, which involves chronic joint inflammation, is common for TMJs, and a leading cause behind TMJ disorder. A thorough examination can help determine if arthritis is the cause of your jaw discomfort, and your dentist can help you develop an appropriate treatment plan to address it.
Learn More About the Common Causes of TMJ Disorder
When you experience TMJ disorder, understanding the exact cause of it is the first step to finding lasting relief, as well as improving your bite’s function. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.