What Causes TMJ?
There are many causes of TMJ disorders including traumatic injury to the chin, jaw, or TMJ itself, missing back teeth, and/or poor alignment of the jaws, poor alignment of the teeth, arthritis, stressful situations, normal tooth wear over time, or poor dental treatment that adversely affected the bite to a more open or closed position than normal. These disorders often lead to clenching of the teeth during the day and grinding of the teeth while sleeping (bruxism), which in turn causes a great deal of damage to the teeth and the TMJ itself. Failure to treat TMJ dysfunction early on can lead to serious damage of the joint and possible need for surgical intervention.
How is TMJ Treated?
It is our goal to achieve maximum improvement with comfort and normal function for our TMJ treatments, while using the least invasive and most conservative plans possible. For most patients, the ideal result can be achieved, while for others, considering the nature and stage of the illness, effective management may be the maximum goal. For some, simple treatment designed to relax the muscles and reduce inflammation may be all that is needed. For others, more comprehensive diagnostics and dental restorations will be required.
If you have questions about TMJ treatments, please contact the team at Fischl Dental Associates for more information at (847) 448-1684.