What Causes TMJ Disorder?

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TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could be a source of major orofacial pain, and even lead to the onset of related issues like bruxism (teeth grinding). In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist wants to help you understand the causes of your TMD, and also look at possible treatment options and warning signs you should recognize.

The Causes of Your TMD Pain

Our temporomandibular joints connect our jaw and skull, and are responsible for the actions we need to eat and speak. However, when these joints undergo excessive strain, a painful disorder could develop. TMJ disorder could eventually lead to issues with opening and closing your mouth, and discomfort when you chew and speak. Common factors behind the disorder include tooth loss, misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, untreated teeth grinding, or complications with oral structures and tooth eruption that alters bite balance and strains the jaw joints. As part of your treatment, our team will carefully examine your smile with advanced digital technology, using 3D scans to identify the factors behind your TMD and offer the most appropriate treatment.

Warning Signs of TMJ Dysfunction

People with the disorder will report trouble opening and closing the mouth, or issues eating, as we touched on above. Other warning signs could include headaches and migraines, jaw pain and facial aches, and even pain in the neck and shoulders. Tooth sensitivity and toothaches could occur as well, as bruxism (teeth grinding) is often experience in conjunction with TMD. If you encounter one or more of these potential warning signs we hope you will let us know right away so we can provide relief!

Treatment with an Oral Appliance

Our team will first perform an exam to assess the cause and extent of your TMJ dysfunction. Next, we will craft a treatment plan designed specifically for your smile. You may benefit from medication and physical therapy to manage the issue, or in extreme causes, surgery to help correct complications with the bite and jaw joint position. However, the most common option is a noninvasive one: oral appliance therapy. Basically, we design and custom-fit a device that acts like a mouthguard. You wear the oral appliance as you sleep, and it helps reposition the jaw to ease pressure and strain. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like TMD, then contact our team today learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Treating Jaw Joint Issues?

We would like to help you find a solution to the causes of your jaw and facial pain, improving the function and health of your smile. To learn more about how our team diagnoses and treats the results of jaw joint strain, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.