What Is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ Disorder refers to dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your lower jaw (also called your mandible) to your skull. When it becomes aggravated or inflamed, it can create multiple issues ranging from a clicking noise when you open or close your mouth to more serious problems like lockjaw.    

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is not fully understood, but several factors are thought to contribute to it. For instance, any kind of trauma or degradation of the joint can result in TMJ. This can occur through previous injury or develop as a result of a degenerative disease. Another common cause is prolonged stress. People who are under a lot of stress may have a habit of clenching or grinding their teeth, which may develop into TMJ disorder. While these are some of the most frequently cited reasons for TMJ disorder, it is also thought that misaligned teeth and even excessive gum chewing can cause it.   

How To Treat TMJ Disorder

As previously stated, TMJ disorder can be difficult to treat. This is because symptoms and severity can vary widely and the true cause of TMJ is not well-understood. Patients with mild symptoms can sometimes get relief through stress-reduction techniques and increased awareness of habits that could be contributing to it. If this doesn’t work, you may need to be fitted for a mouthguard if your TMJ disorder includes teeth grinding, especially at night. 

Contact Hazel Dell Dental in Vancouver

Don’t put off seeking treatment for a TMJ disorder. People who do risk further damage to their jaw and teeth, not to mention all of the time they spend in misery. At Hazel Dell Dental in Vancouver, we have over three decades of experience and a long list of happy patients. Check out the testimonials for yourself and then request an appointment today.