Common Risk Factors for TMJ Disorder

Even the littlest things can have a more profound influence on your dental health than you might realize. That extra piece of candy might be just the thing to tip the scales and lead to a cavity. That piece of popcorn stuck between your gums and your tooth can lead to a painful infection. And the slightest imbalance in your bite could lead to a severe jaw dysfunction known as TMJ disorder. In fact, many things you do could contribute to the development of a jaw dysfunction, and knowing your risk factors for TMJ disorder can help you avoid the discomfort of damaged jaw joints.

An Overview of TMJs

TMJs, more formally called temporomandibular joints, are the pivot points for your lower jaw to open, close, and move around as needed. Located on either side of your jaw, they’re powered by the trigeminal nerves of your jaw, head, and face, and work simultaneously to accomplish tasks like biting, chewing, speaking, and smiling. If your jaw is imbalanced, the joints may have trouble moving in tandem, and they’ll have to overcompensate to try and make up for the disturbance.

TMJ Disorder Risk Factors

There are several ways in which your TMJs can become damaged enough to qualify as a disorder. Usually the result of excessive, traumatic pressure, TMJ disorder risk factors often include;

If you exhibit jaw pain, recurring headaches, earaches, and/or difficulty opening and closing your mouth, then visit us as soon as possible for a thorough examination. If TMJ disorder is present, our experts will help you determine and treat the underlying condition.

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