What Causes TMJ Disorders?
A malocclusion, or misaligned bite, can create a number of problems for your oral and overall health. One of the most common problems with a misaligned bite is known as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. At Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry, our goal is to prevent, diagnose, and treat these problems before they develop into major complications.
What Is the TMJ/TMD?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows you to move your jaw upwards, downwards, and side-to-side. This combination of muscles, ligaments, disks, cartilage, and bone provides a sliding hinge action responsible for your ability to chew, speak, yawn, and otherwise open and close your mouth. Any problem that prevents you from properly using your jaw is known as a TMJ disorder (TMD).
The exact cause of TMD is hard to determine, because TMD shares a number of symptoms with other oral health problems. Generally, we know the most common causes of TMJ disorders include:
How Do We Treat TMJ Disorders?
The first step of treatment is a proper diagnosis. During you initial consultation, we may use cutting-edge imaging technology to gather a more comprehensive overview of the relationship between your teeth, soft tissues, and jaw. If we do diagnose you with TMD, the next step is developing a personalized treatment plan.
Your treatment plan is dictated by the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. The most common professional treatments include:
Home Remedies for TMD
The symptoms of TMJ disorders can sometimes dissipate on their own over time. In other instances, professional treatment may be necessary. When professional treatment methods prove ineffective, Lawrence Toomin, DDS or Mark Bieber, DDS may also recommend at-home remedies.
The most common and successful home remedies:
Schedule Your Appointment
If you have experienced significant problems with your TMJ, it may be time to consult with a professional. Call (818) 748-9998 to schedule your appointment today!
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