Numerous Americans suffer from TMJ disorder; however, it can be difficult for health professionals to determine who is at risk for developing the condition. Now, thanks to a new study, clinicians may be able to better assess which patients could require treatment down the road.
Predicting TMJ Disorder?
Recently, a group of researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine conducted a study to help reveal specific signs that might indicate that a patient has an increased risk of developing TMJ disorder. Called the Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) study, the research ultimately recognized the following tell-tale signs that may point toward an existing or developing TMJ problem:
- Jaw noises or locking
- Jaw trauma
- Pain while talking, smiling or chewing
- Sensory and neural medical conditions, such as fainting, dizziness, hearing loss, earaches, tinnitus and seizures
Help Is Available
Thanks to this recent study, more Americans may discover that they have or might someday develop TMJ disorder. Ultimately, this could allow more people to get relief from painful symptoms that may have seemed mysterious otherwise.
If TMJ disorder is negatively impacting the quality of your life, contact Dr. Berry's office online or call (303) 691-0267 today to find out about a simple TMJ treatment that can provide long-term relief.