In recent years, dental and medical professionals have grown increasingly aware of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, which is also known as TMD. This condition, which causes damage and inflammation to the jaw joints, can arise for a number of reasons. Stress, dental damage, and jaw misalignment are among the most common causes of TMD. The origin and severity of your condition will also determine your particular symptoms, which can range from mild jaw sensitivity to severe headaches. Dr. Rink offers comprehensive TMJ disorder treatment. After evaluating your symptoms, he will target the underlying cause of your condition, providing lasting results. To learn more about TMJ disorder causes and symptoms, contact our Charleston practice today.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) control your jaw movement. These joints are complex because they control opening, closing, and side-to-side motions. Your TMJs must also withstand incredible force, since you use them constantly to bite, chew, and make countless unconscious motions. In time, too much pressure can inflame the muscles and ligaments surrounding your joints. In other cases, your joints themselves may be damaged. The soft cushioning discs can move out of place, and your joints will grind together every time they move.
TMD can manifest itself differently for each patient. Therefore, you may have different symptoms than other people with the condition. Nevertheless, there are certain telltale indications that you may have TMJ disorder. Common symptoms include:
There are several things that may be causing your TMD. Dr. Rink will examine your jaw, take your health history, and discuss your symptoms. Armed with this information, he can make an informed diagnosis. Common reasons for TMD include:
In some cases, the causes of TMD are unknown.
For truly effective treatment, Dr. Rink will address the fundamental reasons for your disorder. Bite splints are one of the most common options. Made from impressions of your teeth, these devices will realign your jaw. Thus, they can reduce pressure on the joints and, at the same time, prevent grinding and clenching. If your condition is the result of missing or misaligned teeth, Dr. Rink will recommend appropriate restorative dentistry. If needed, he can also refer you to an orthodontist.
To learn more about the causes of TMJ disorder and to obtain relief from your symptoms, contact our office today.