What Causes TMJ
Here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, We Have Insight Into What Causes TMJ and How to Treat It. We Can Provide Testing Too. Reach Out to Us If You Have Any Questions or Concerns About TMJ Disorders.
Tens of millions of Americans suffer from TMJ problems. Those who seek treatment tend to be women in their 20’s or 30’s, but so many other people simply do not realize they are experiencing symptoms of a TMJ disorder. These people might experience frequent headaches, back or neck pain, aching facial pain, and other symptoms they attribute to a busy lifestyle or stress. However, quite often the underlying issue is with the muscles or joint in the jaw.
Here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we understand the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and many of the disorders related to it. Read on to learn more about what causes TMJ disorders.
What are some of the possible causes of TMJ disorders?
There are many conditions and traumas that could contribute to a TMJ disorder. Some of the common culprits we see at our clinic include:
- A blow to the jaw or cheek
- The misalignment or loss of teeth
- The misalignment or dislocation of the TMJ
- The effects of whiplash on a patient
- The effects of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ
Patients who have experienced or are currently experiencing any of the issues above along with any of the symptoms of a TMJ disorder should consider TMJ testing.
What are some of the risk factors and ways of preventing or treating TMJ disorders?
Sometimes a condition or microtrauma can be a result of underlying factors like bad habits and other risk factors. For example:
- Teeth grinding or teeth clenching, which puts excessive pressure on the TMJ
- Excessive gum chewing or nail biting, which causes inflammation of the TMJ
- Poor posture that leads to neck strain and abnormal jaw muscle function
- Stress which can cause muscle tension and jaw clenching
- A genetic predisposition to pain sensitivity and increased stress responses, which can make patients more susceptible
- Age in women (ages 18-44 are at increased risk)
To understand, prevent, and treat TMJ disorders, first it’s important to understand the conditions, traumas, and other factors contributing to the disorders. Here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we can help with this. We can help you prevent a TMJ disorder if you are at risk, or treat a TMJ issue or disorder to improve your everyday quality of life.
One of the absolute most effective treatment methods we provide is oral appliance therapy. This simple form of therapy is entirely drug-free, noninvasive, and customized and comfortable for the patient. The method is proven to treat TMJ issues and disorders and can effectively relieve chronic pain. Many patients experience immediate initial relief. Within a week, these patients are 50% symptom-free, and within 3 months, they’re 90% symptom-free! Reach out to us at our clinic to learn more about this effective oral therapy treatment option.
Where are your clinics located?
We encourage you to get in touch with us to learn more about what causes TMJ disorders and how we can help you prevent or treat them. You can also book a consultation with us if you believe you’re suffering from a TMJ disorder, and then we can provide testing and treatment, if necessary. We have multiple locations, so please see our Appointments page for our locations and contact information.
We look forward to helping you soon here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders!