What is TMD?
TMD is used as a broad term covering any temporomandibular joint disorder. It is not a single condition, but instead, there are many conditions, which are caused by jaw misalignment. This disorder often results in migraine-like headaches and other painful symptoms, yet remains one of the most commonly overlooked causes of chronic facial, shoulder and neck pain.
If left untreated, TMD can lead to increasingly worsening pain and can also contribute to oral health problems like premature wear of your teeth and periodontal disease. It is vital to know that TMJ is a degenerative disease and does not get better without treatment.
What are the risk factors when TMD is not treated?
A “risk factor” is a condition, which increases your chances of developing a TMD. It is possible to have TMD without any of the risk factors. however this disorder most probably develops when there are one or more risk factors.
Some of the common risk factors for TMJ include:
- Misaligned bite
- Jaw deformities
- Bad posture
- Car Accidents
- Jaw or facial injuries
Treating temporomandibular joint disorder:
Your TMJ treatment options depend on the presentation of your symptoms. In many cases, the symptoms of TMJ can be relieved by creating a nighttime grinding appliance to help protect the teeth, muscles and jaw joints from the forces of nighttime grinding.
To know more, contact our general dentists at +1 (403) 252 7733. Certain TMD conditions may require us to refer to another professional. To know more about TMJ Treatment, please contact us at +1 (403) 252 7733.