The Potential Causes of TMJ
Are you currently dealing with jaw pain, severe headaches, teeth grinding, and an occasional ringing noise in your ear? These are all symptoms of a fairly common condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
The temporomandibular joints are located on the sides of the jaw, close to the ears. They act like sliding hinges and serve to connect the jawbone to the skull. Issues can begin to arise in this joint for a variety of reasons.
The most common cause of TMJ is “bad bite,” which is the misalignment of the teeth. Another common cause is natural erosion at the joint due to repeated use and strain. A significant blow or strike to the area can cause TMJ to occur. In some cases, the cartilage of the joint can develop arthritis. However, it is not always clear what the cause of a patient’s TMJ is.
TMJ can be a debilitating issue that significantly decreases a person’s quality of life if left untreated. TMJ can be diagnosed and treated by an experienced dentist. Dr. John Cho and his dental team have treated numerous patients suffering from TMJ and have been able to provide them with amazing care and results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.