TMJ And How It Can Affect You

Temporomandibular Disorders or TMD has often been confused with TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint). Although everyone has  temporomandibular joints, not everyone has TMD, a disorder that occurs at the jaw joint and muscles surrounding it. . Symptoms for TMD can include a pain in the jaw joint area; getting locked in the open or closed mouth position, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint when opening the mouth and many other symptoms.  TMD is caused by a number of factors and vary from patient to patient. Dentists and researchers have begun to uncover them. One of the most common causes that researchers have found is stress. Stress often causes people to grind or clench their teeth together, especially at night. Over time, the pain that is associated with TMD begins to occur when one wakes up. Another reason why TMD occurs is from bite imbalances from crooked teeth, bad bites, or dental restorations that are too high. Missing teeth can be a major indicator for TMD due to a lack of vertical support. The remaining teeth can then cause overstimulation of the joints on both sides to make up for this lack of support. Hornsby dentist strives to provide the most current treatment modalities so that you can feel relaxed and confident about the advice and treatment you receive.  When TMD occurs, one of the best solutions is to wear a night guard to protect the teeth from the clenching done while sleeping. However, if bite imbalance, like those occurring from missing teeth, is the problem then you must take immediate action and resolve those dental problems. Make an appointment today if you do feel that you might have TMD and would like to end the pain.

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