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4 Causes of TMJ Disorder

TMJ

The temporomandibular joints, which link the lower jaw to the skull, are the source of TMJ disorder. What causes these joints to become dysfunctional? Because several elements are at play, answering this question is more complicated. Here's what can be causing your pain if you have a TMD.

Clenching or grinding your teeth

Many people mistakenly believe that stress is the primary cause of TMJ disorder; however, this is partially true. Although stress does not produce discomfort in the temporomandibular joints, it does generate muscle tension throughout the body in many people, causing them to clench or grind their teeth at night. Clenching and grinding put much strain on the joints and teeth, eventually developing TMD.

Injury to a joint

Another common cause of TMJ disorder is joint or jaw injury. Minor injuries to the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joints might cause pain. The disc between the ball and socket of the joint might dislocate, or the jaw can be misplaced due to a blow to the head or an accident, resulting in chronic pain.

When there is an injury, pain may go away on its own as the body heals from the trauma. Other times, the injury is permanent and requires treatment to provide you with long-term relief. Dr. Buck provides advanced therapy options to assist you in avoiding invasive surgery on the affected joint.

Arthritis

Like other joints in the body, the temporomandibular joints can be affected by arthritis. The TMD can be affected by both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, leading one or both joints to degenerate over time. Because arthritis is a degenerative illness, we don't anticipate the symptoms to improve or reverse without medical intervention.

Spinal misalignment

No part of the body functions in isolation, and the TMD is no exception. Jaw muscles work with the neck muscles, and the neck connects to the shoulders and spine—when one of these is off-balance, the whole system becomes off-balance.

Find TMD or TMJ Disorder Relief in Washington

Dr. Buck is a facial and epigenetic orthopedist based in the state of Washington. Dr. Buck, and his fellow ENT physicians and pulmonologists, by combining their expertise, help patients find relief from TMJD. With Dr. Buck and his team, relief from the severity and alleviating symptoms of TMJD are possible. For more information on Dr. Buck's practice and the treatment options he provides, please schedule an appointment by giving us a call today at 206-316-8286. Additionally, one may contact us by filling out our online form.



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Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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