When you think about it, the temporomanibular joint is a joint that you need to function well in order to stay happy and healthy! The tempromandibular joint (TMJ) allows you to eat, speak, and smile. With out the TMJ you can’t move your mouth from side to side and chew. Unfortunately many patients suffer from TMJ dysfunction, which means that they experience pain or functional problems when they try to do everyday things like chat with friends or eat a sandwich. Our Elmhurst TMJ dentists are committed to helping patients with TMJ problems live comfortable, healthy lives. Today I’m going to take some time and explain what kinds of underlying conditions can actually lead to TMJ problems. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, don’t hesitate to seek treatment!
TMJ dysfunction is often caused by conditions that affect the bones of the TMJ or the muscles surrounding this joint. Patients with arthritis may experience TMJ symptoms; these patients need to combine effective dental care with treatment for arthritis particularly.
As you’d expect, another common cause of TMJ problems is dental or facial accidents. Accidents ranging from sporting injuries to car accidents can damage facial bones and tissues—affecting the temporomandibular joint. Sometimes TMJ problems arise after the initial accident, so make sure to share any past facial injuries with your TMJ dentist.
Another contributing factor to TMJ dysfunction is chronic bruxism. Bruxism refers to a condition in which patients clench their teeth habitually. As you’d imagine this puts a lot of pressure on your TMJ muscles and bones. If you suffer from bruxism, make sure to seek prompt treatment, to hopefully avoid long-term complications like TMJ problems.
The good news is that there are treatment options available for patients with TMJ problems. Just give our Elmhurst TMJ dental office a call to learn more about what we can do to help alleviate jaw pain.