TMD Causes and Treatment

What are the causes of TMD? This is one of the common questions usually asked by patients when they come to the clinic. Many factors can contribute to the occurrence of TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. This can be due to your oral habits, injury, dental problems, and stress.

Habits like teeth grinding or teeth clenching can affect the cartilage lining of the TMJ (temporomandibular joints) which is located in front of the ear on either side of your head. People who grind their teeth may not be aware as it happens during sleep. A family member usually observes this pattern. Individuals who grind or clench their teeth wake up with jaw or ear pain. Those who are under stress also tend to grind or clench their teeth.

Injury to the jaw or facial bone can lead to TMD. Athletes and anyone who participates in sports and other recreational activities should wear proper gear to avoid oral and dental injury.

Malocclusion or improper alignment of bite causes TMD. Chewing only on one side of the jaw can also result to TMJ problems.

Knowing the risk factors of TMD can help you prevent jaw pain. Dr. John M. Hucklebridge is experienced in handling this condition. In treating TMD, he’ll help you manage the pain, practice relaxation techniques, or fix misaligned teeth.

The Plano TX dentist may suggest that you rest your jaw and avoid extreme jaw movements like wide yawning or gum chewing. You can also apply moist heat to the affected areas to ease the pain.

Nightguards may also be used to prevent teeth grinding.

Depending on your case, he may also recommend restorative treatment to fix your misaligned teeth.

For more information about TMD, consult your Plano TX dentist. Call Plano Smile Studio Dental clinic at (972) 398-2550 to make an appointment.