Understanding the Potential Causes of TMJ Disorder

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TMJ disorder is a general term used to describe discomfort, inflammation or pain in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. Understanding the underlying cause of the problem will go a long way toward finding relief and developing a successful treatment strategy.

Grinding your teeth at night, is a common cause of TMJ disorder. The tension places on the muscles, ligaments and joints can lead to inflammation and muscle soreness. Some people can find significant relief from simply sleeping with a custom night guard. The soft, yet durable plastic material allows teeth to slip easily, while also providing some cushioning.

A past dislocation in your jaw can also be a likely cause of TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joints are quite sophisticated, as they hinge, have a ball and socket and also employ a disk of cartilage. If a hard fall of blow to the face dislocated one or both joints, they might not have seated back together perfectly. Even a minor misalignment can result in muscle tension and inflammation.

The early onset of arthritis in the temporomandibular joints could also be a potential cause. The joints are called into play for a wide range of activities, including speaking, chewing and grinding tough foods. In some people this wear and tear can lead to a reduction of cartilage in key areas throughout the joint.

If you’ve experienced pain in your jaw, or in the muscles in front of the ears, you contact TMJ Therapy’s office in American Fork, Utah at 801-756-0900 to accurately diagnose any TMJ disorder issues.