Risk Factors for TMD/TMJ

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Millions of people nationwide suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ). When your temporomandibular (jaw) joint is misaligned, you can experience a number of chronic, painful symptoms that grow worse over time.

Tension headaches, back and neck pain, and even ringing in the ears are all common signs of TMD. If you suffer from these symptoms, please call 405-848-7780 for a consultation with Dr. Terry Bass in the Norman area.

Some People Are More at Risk than Others

“Risk factors” are conditions that increase your odds of developing a certain disorder. Although it is possible to have TMD without suffering from any of the risk factors mentioned below, each condition will make you more vulnerable to it.

Some of the most common TMD/TMJ risk factors include:

  • Facial injuries – Any time your jaw or facial bones suffer an impact, TMD can result.
  • Misaligned bite – If your teeth aren’t properly aligned, your jaw muscles will endure constant stress as they struggle to move your bite back into a working position. This tension can lead to TMD.
  • Bruxism – Some people grind or clench their teeth at night out of stress or habit. The constant wear on your teeth can change the overall shape of your bite, eventually leading to TMD.
  • Arthritis – Some arthritic conditions can cause damage to the cartilage lining your joints, changing how your joints support your body’s weight.
  • Bad posture – Many people suffer from poor posture out of habit, while others have it due to a spinal misalignment. Either way, TMD is a common result.
  • Jaw deformities – Certain people are born with deformities in their facial bones that affect how their bite comes together and/or how their jaw functions.
  • Synovitis – This is a condition where your synovial membrane (which lines the temporomandibular joint) is inflamed, leading to misalignment.
  • Gender – According to statistics, women are three times as likely to have TMD as men.

If you have any of the risk factors listed above and/or you currently suffer from the symptoms of TMD, please call 405-848-7780 or fill out our online form to arrange an appointment with Terry Bass, DDS and his experienced Edmond TMD/TMJ Team. We can evaluate your condition and help you find lasting relief from your pain.