If you are one of the over 3 million Americans suffering from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, you understand the impact that chronic jaw pain can have on your life and your comfort. At High Point Family Dentistry, our first step in treating jaw pain is diagnosing the cause. Today, we want to share some facts about TMJ to help you determine whether you or a loved one may be suffering from this serious condition.
What Causes TMJ Pain?
There are several conditions that can cause chronic jaw pain. One of the most common causes of TMJ are bite alignment issues. When your teeth do not align properly, issues with the way they fit together can lead to jaw and facial pain. Injuries to the jaw like dislocation are another common cause of TMJ. Arthritis can also lead to TMJ.
TMJ Affects More Women Than Men
TMJ affects twice as many more women than men. This ratio is particularly pronounced among women of childbearing age.
Stress & Overuse Can Lead to TMJ
Scientists are discovering that high stress can lead to a variety of health issues. For example, stress is one of the culprits behind clenching and grinding teeth at night. The stress resulting from the overuse of jaw muscles can lead to TMJ.
TMJ Can Disappear on Its Own
While there are treatments out there that can alleviate TMJ pain, they are not always necessary. In many cases, TMJ pain will go away on its own. However, eliminating sources of stress that lead to clenching and grinding can often treat chronic TMJ pain.
TMJ Can Cause Ear Pain
TMJ disorders don’t just lead to jaw pain. TMJ may also be responsible for pain around your ears, headaches, tooth sensitivity, and neck aches.
If you believe you are experiencing TMJ pain, our team may be able to help. To ask us any questions or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!