To society and health professionals alike, TMJ remains a widely misunderstood and understudied condition. TMJ causes common pains, such as neck, facial, and jaw pain, along with headaches, which are all problems that aren’t abnormal to most people. However, when such symptoms remain for a period of time, there is obviously an underlying issue causing them.
When it comes to TMJ, there is often no one solid cause. Thedisorder can be caused by a variety of things, and the condition can also be worsened through certain behaviors, such as teeth clenching or grinding.
Causes and treatment options
TMJ disorder can be caused by injury to the mouth which somehow impacts the jaw joint. If there is damage to the temporomandibular joint, a dentist isn’t always the best source of help. While a dentist is able to repair any teeth that may have been lost or broken, he or she won’t able to correct damaged tendons or bones within the jaw area.
At the same time, TMJ can also be caused by a bad bite that was created unknowingly. Some dentists are not fully aware of the importance of a balanced and aligned occlusion and, when performing certain cosmetic restorations to the teeth, the bite may be moved into a position that is not tolerable for the patient.
TMJ may also be the result of genetics. Some genes are known to leave patients predisposed to TMJ due to certain structural development patterns. At the same time, some patients have familial genes that predispose them to lax ligaments and joints, which can also contribute to TMJ.
No matter what has caused your TMJ, it’s important to determine what treatment method is right for you. TMJ can be tackled in a variety of ways and often requires help from all sorts of health professionals. To get started on TMJ-pain free life, call or email Dr. Berry’s office today.