Identifying the Many Causes of TMJ Jaw Pain

Identifying the Many Causes of TMJ Jaw Pain

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the science of smilesSevere pain in your jaw, unexplained headaches and earaches all can be attributed to a TMJ jaw pain disorder called Temporomandibular Joint (TMD) disease.

The condition is common, yet extremely painful and deserves immediate attention from a dentist.

Causes of TMJ Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can be caused by a variety of reasons; some, however, are more complex than others. For example, TMJ jaw pain can be common among people who eat hard, chewy food, as well as in those who have a history of teeth clenching. TMJ pain can also be triggered by whiplash or a similar injury to the head and/or neck. It may also be caused by gum disease, cavities, or oral cancer.

One of the more complicated causes of jaw pain is an imbalance in a person’s oral architecture — teeth that are not aligned properly. In fact, the moment a tooth is moved from its natural position or if there is any imbalance (as can happen with conventional orthodontics)  — jaw pain is almost inevitable.

Age is Not a Factor in TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can happen anytime after the age of 16. There is no age constraint as TMJ pain depends on the cause. For example, if an adult has TMD because the jaws are inherently or genetically misaligned and the person has not received proper TMJ treatment, then condition will gradually become more painful. Occurrence of jaw pain in older people is not because of age but because it has been left untreated for a prolonged period.

Treatment for TMJ Disorders

It is very important to see a dentist who specializes in TMD/TMJ areas so that the cause can be properly diagnosed. Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES, we specialize in treating TMD patients with a revolutionary therapy called Disclusion Time Reduction, or DTR. Instead of traditional TMJ pain treatment of mouthguards and appliances, we use a T-Scan system to compile data on a TMJ/TMD patient’s alignment inside the mouth.  With this data, we can nearly permanently correct the time and force of occlusal problems. In most patients, many of the TMJ jaw pain symptoms go away within the first week after treatment has begun.

If you’re in pain from TMJ inflammation, contact us for an immediate FREE consultation.

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