Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD, can produce a range of unpleasant effects, ranging from jaw pain to headaches.
TMD can have severe effects on your quality of life, but Dr. Gregory Baur can restore your health with a simple oral appliance.
How do I know if it's time to reach out to Bear Creek Dental in Lakewood, CO, for TMD treatment?
What Is TMJ Disorder? A Breakdown of the Basics
Many people are familiar with the term TMJ, which is used to generally refer to temporomandibular disorders or temporomandibular dysfunction, but it's helpful to step back and take a closer look at the causes.
The TMJs, or jaw joints, connect the jaw to the skull. The TMJs act like sliding hinges and contain shock-absorbing disks of tissue. When the disks and surrounding tissue are healthy, the normal movement of the TMJs is smooth. However, the disk or cartilage within the joint can become inflamed over time and cause pain and other symptoms.
Risk factors for developing TMJ include:
- Injury, like a blow to the face
- Certain types of arthritis
- Chronic clenching and grinding
- Connective tissue diseases
- Misaligned teeth
- Movement of the jaw joints' disks
Lifestyle factors can also increase your risk of developing TMJ. Stress or stimulants like caffeine, for example, can cause teeth grinding.
Diagnosing & Treating TMD How Our Dentist Can Help
Temporomandibular disorders are unique to each individual. During your first visit to our Lakewood, Colorado, practice, we'll begin by discussing your concerns and performing an exam, which may include x-rays. It's also important to detail what you hope to accomplish during treatment.
Once we have confirmed that you suffer from TMD, we can develop a treatment plan. If your teeth are worn down or misaligned, dental crowns or orthodontics might be recommended. A custom oral appliance can inhibit clenching and grinding while also protecting against further damage to the teeth and temporomandibular joints.
TMD can be a vicious cycle.
Pain, tense muscles, and other effects of TMD will naturally raise your stress levels. But stress can exacerbate TMJ disorders, too. Dr. Baur recommends stress management techniques, like deep breathing or meditation, and reaching out to our dentistry office. Simply booking an appointment can lift a weight off your shoulders.
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