What Causes TMD?

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TMD, also called TMJ, causes many symptoms, such as headaches, that can be hard to track back to this disorder. But what causes TMJ disorder? TMD can be caused by many things, such as trauma to the jaw, arthritis, teeth clenching, or poorly fitting teeth. Other times, the cause of TMD is as mysterious as its link to symptoms.

The best way to learn about the cause of your TMD is to be evaluated for signs of the various causes of the disorder. To be evaluated by a neuromuscular dentist in Edmond, OK, please call 405-848-7780 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Terry Bass today.

Causes of TMD

There are many possible causes for TMD/TMJ, such as:

  • Trauma to the jaw
  • Arthritis
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Nervous teeth clenching
  • Poorly fitting teeth (malocclusion)

Your neuromuscular dentist will evaluate your condition to determine a cause. The cause of your TMD will determine which treatment or treatments are appropriate. Sometimes, the cause of your TMD may not be clear.

Treating Your TMD

It’s important to find the right treatment for your TMD, because otherwise you will not see relief from symptoms, such as TMD-related headaches.

TMD caused by grinding, clenching, or poorly fitting teeth can all result in significant muscle fatigue in all the muscles related to the jaw, as well as some surrounding muscles that work to support the head and neck. TENS electronic massage can help these stressed muscles to relax so that a neuromuscular dentist can identify an ideal movement path for your jaw. Maintaining this ideal position and motion for the jaw may require the use of an oral splint (mouthpiece) that is worn at night. Permanently resolving the TMD may also require the use of dental restorations to correct the way your teeth fit together and ensure a more comfortable position of the jaw.

TMD caused by serious damage to the joint by trauma or advanced arthritis may require jaw surgery to correct. Jaw surgery is a more risky treatment for the condition, and will generally be pursued only after other treatment options have failed.

If you are suffering from TMD headaches or other symptoms, don’t suffer any longer. Please contact Dr. Terry Bass online or call 405-848-7780 for a consultation in Edmond, Oklahoma.