Causes of TMJ Disorders / TMD - Wilmington, Spring

Since the temporomandibular joint is such a complex part of the body, it should come as no surprise that there are many different causes of TMJ disorders. When you meet with Dr. Raj Kulkarni at his practice serving Wilmington, he will use all of his knowledge of TMJ disorders and the latest techniques available to evaluate your situation and identify the exact cause. Doing so will then present a proper course of action to take. Let’s look at some of the different causes of TMJ disorders in brief.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding is one of the most common causes of TMJ disorders. This occurs at night and involves the clenching, gnashing, and grinding of teeth. The excessive pressure on the jaw can result in TMD. Treating TMJ disorders in these cases will also involve treating the bruxism.

Tooth Misalignment

Tooth misalignment is actually one of the leading causes of bruxism. When your teeth are not properly aligned, you may unconsciously be shifting and grinding your teeth in search of a relaxed position, resulting in a TMJ disorder.

Muscle Strain and Fatigue

Another component of TMJ disorders and bruxism are the muscles of the face and jaw area. If the muscles are overworked, it can contribute to TMD. Many believe that the joint is the sole cause of TMJ disorders, which is not the case. When checking patients for TMJ disorders at our Wilmington practice, we evaluate all structures of the mouth and skull since they are interconnected.

Dislocation and Other Jaw Injuries

Damage to the temporomandibular joint can occur following a strong blow to the jaw. Even suffering from a dislocated jaw can lead to damage of the joint even after the problem has been addressed.

Arthritis and Problems with Jaw Cartilage

People who have arthritis may experience the gradual degeneration of cartilage in the jaw joints. If worn down completely, there may be bone-on-bone contact in the jaw joint, resulting in pain and other problems. Injury, gradual wear, and other factors can also affect the cartilage pads in the jaw area.

Stress and Anxiety

Sometimes high levels of stress can cause you to clench your teeth or grind your teeth unconsciously, both when asleep and when awake. Doing this consistently can result in a TMJ disorder.

Learn More About TMJ Disorders in Wilmington

Because there are many different causes of TMJ disorders, it’s important that the treatment that you undergo addresses the root cause. Only by doing this can the health of your jaw be properly restored. For more information about your many different therapies and treatment options, be sure to contact our Wilmington practice for a TMJ disorder examination today. Our entire team looks forward to your visit.