Elmhurst TMJ Dentist Explains How and Why TMJ Develops in Some Patients

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Sep 11, 2012

Patients with chronic jaw pain and limited jaw mobility know that TMJ disorders can truly affect a patient’s quality of life. The symptoms of TMJ disorder can make it difficult to do even everyday tasks including speaking, smiling, and eating. But how and why does TMJ disorder develop in the first place? Today I’m going to share some common causes of TMJ disorder as explained by our Elmhurst dental office. If you’re experiencing symptoms of chronic TMJ, let your dentist know right away.

TMJ disorder is characterized by jaw soreness and stiffness. Some patients also experience a clicking sound in their jaw, and you may eventually have trouble opening your mouth all the way. Patients with TMJ may also suffer from frequent headaches and neck pain.

TMJ disorder can be caused by a number of things, and your symptoms may vary depending on the root cause of your TMJ dysfunction. Understanding why you’re experiencing TMJ pain can help you and your dentist choose a treatment protocol that works for you. Here are some common causes of TMJ dysfunction:

· Arthritis

· Injury to the face or jaw—for example sports injuries or injuries from accidents. Any accidents that affected the face and jaw may be relevant, even if they happened years ago.

· Bruxism—this condition is characterized by chronic grinding or clenching of teeth. Bruxism can cause jaw tension and muscle fatigue that contribute to TMJ discomfort.

Depending on your symptoms and the root cause of your TMJ dysfunction, you may benefit from different types of treatments. Many patients with TMJ disorder find relief by wearing an unobtrusive oral device—like a retainer, to take the pressure off of jaw joints.

If you’re suffering from TMJ problems, please know that you can find relief with proper treatment. Give our Elmhurst TMJ dental office a call for more information or to schedule a personal consultation!