Causes of TMJ

Causes of TMJ
If you’ve heard anything about a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you likely know it involves your jaw and it involves a lot of pain. It’s actually a bit more complex than that, as there are a wide variety of common TMJ problems. And while the disorder can develop naturally over time, did you know the vast majority of TMJ disorders are caused by trauma?
There are two basic forms of trauma that contribute to TMJ disorders: minor trauma that happens repeatedly over time and major trauma that is usually the result of an accident or injury. If you’re aware of these types of trauma that can cause TMJ, you can seek treatment earlier or even avoid it altogether.
Minor Trauma Causes of TMJ
TMJ disorders can develop by themselves due to certain habits or natural degeneration.

Here are some examples of minor trauma that may contribute to TMJ disorders:

  • Habitually clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Participating in contact sports such as football, basketball or hockey
  •  Developing a form of arthritis
  • Tension due to stress

Many of these forms of minor trauma involve a lot of tightening and clenching of the muscles, which leads to fatigue and overworking them. All increase the possibility of TMJ disc erosion or dislocation, which leads to a TMJ disorder.

Major Trauma Causes of TMJ

Major trauma is the more unexpected cause of TMJ disorders and isn’t as preventable. But recognizing it can help you seek treatment as early as possible.

Here are some examples of major trauma that may contribute to TMJ disorders:

  • Sports injuries, such as a tackle to the head in football or an elbow to the face in basketball
  • Automobile accidents, specifically ones that involve an impact to the head
  • Some roller coasters or other activities with sudden changes in speed that cause whiplash
  • Anything else involving a strong blow to the head

There is likely more than one factor involved in developing a TMJ disorder, so your risk may be higher if you’ve experienced multiple forms of minor or major trauma.

If you’d like suggestions on how to avoid TMJ disorder causes – or if you think you might have already developed it and would like treatment – schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental today.

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TMJ Symptoms & Causes

Having problems chewing or moving your jaw? It may due to pain in TMJ area. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are often incorrectly referred to as “TMJ”.  TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint.  Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are used to describe a variety of problems involved with the muscles and joints around your lower jaw. 

There are two basic types of TMD: myogenous TMD (muscle-generated pain) and arthrogenous TMD (jaw joint-generated pain). 

While it takes a thorough dental examination of your physical jaw – and a comparison to your other symptoms and dental history – to know for sure if you have a TMD disorder, it’s helpful to know the symptoms and causes of them.

TMJ Pain Symptoms

So how do you know if you might have a TMJ disorder? For starters, it’s usually experienced by people 20 to 40 years old. It also usually involves a lot of pain or discomfort and can last for years. Here are some other common symptoms of TMJ:

  • Limited ability to chew, talk or open your mouth wide
  • Pain in your face, jaw or around the ears
  • Jaws that “lock” into place or create a sound when chewing
  • Swelling on one or both sides of your face

There are a variety of other symptoms, from headaches to neck aches and ringing in the ears, so it’s important to keep track of symptoms to tell your dentist during your consultation or examination.

TMJ Pain Causes

Since your temporomandibular joint has a hinged and sliding motion, problems can arise when bones, cartilage and other parts interact with it. Basically, if it can’t move smoothly, something’s wrong and you get pain or the symptoms mentioned above.

Here are some specific causes of TMJ disorders:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth (usually when you sleep)
  • The soft cushion/disk in your TMJ eroding or dislocating
  • A form of arthritis in the TMJ
  • A blow or damage to your TMJ via an accident

The cause of TMJ is often not clear, so it’s important to get a complete dental examination. If you have any of these symptoms or think you might have some causes in your history, schedule an appointment with Lebowitz Dental today at 602.264.2905.

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Missing Teeth & Your Memory

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When’s the last time you paid a visit to your dentist? Don’t remember? That may be because of your missing teeth.

According to a study in the 2012 edition of European Journal of Oral Sciences, losing teeth can actually impair your memory. The study showed that people with one or more missing teeth didn’t perform as well in memory tests as those with a full set of pearly whites.

So why do missing teeth affect your memory, exactly? Here are the top three possible reasons, according to the study:

            •           Nervous system inefficiency – Your teeth are connected to the bone in your jaw through connective fibers (aka “roots”). When you lose a tooth, those fibers retract if you don’t replace it. Each of these fibers adds sensory input to your brain through your nervous system, so each time you lose a tooth and its fibers, it damages your memory.

            •           Lack of proper nutrition – People with missing teeth tend to avoid certain foods – like nuts, fruits and meats – because it’s painful to chew them. Nuts and seeds in particular are known for their “brain-boosting power.” Avoiding these foods can deprive your brain of the vitamins and nutrients it needs.

            •           Reduced chewing ability – Believe it or not, chewing is actually a “workout” for your brain. Chewing increases blood flow to the brain and keeps it active. Just like exercising keeps you healthy, chewing keeps your brain healthy. People with missing teeth tend to chew less, which makes your brain inactive.

The study also showed that replacing teeth can help with all of these issues. While not quite as effective as natural teeth, false teeth like dental implants do improve memory. This is because dental implants fuse to your bone over time, keeping those precious connective fibers intact. Full sets of teeth also obviously improve chewing ability, letting you eat the foods you need for proper nutrition.

By replacing missing teeth and maintaining proper mouth hygiene, you can avoid memory loss. Just don’t forget to schedule your next trip to the dentist!

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