TMD, or a temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to a condition that occurs in the jaw joints (temporomandibular joints, or TMJs). These joints are used numerous times throughout the day in chewing, speaking, drinking, and even breathing. However, even though they are very active, the TMJs are rather delicate, responding poorly to stress. But just how much do you know about the stresses that can contribute to TMD? To find out, take the following quiz from your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, and check your answers below.
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- True or False: Many cases of TMD are the result of bruxism (teeth grinding).
- True or False: A major symptom of TMD is a debilitating backache.
- True or False: Orthodontic treatment may be able to relieve TMD in certain cases.
Check Your Answers
- True. Bruxism is harmful to more than just teeth. The nightly force generated by a teeth grinding habit also wears on the TMJs. This continual stress, over time, can become too much for the TMJs, causing TMD to develop. For disorders caused by bruxism, an oral device worn at night can discourage bruxism and relieve strain on the TMJs, offering relief.
- False. TMD has many debilitating symptoms. However, a backache is not one of them. Symptoms of TMD include earaches, migraines, facial pain, jaw pain, a locked jaw, and frequent headaches.
- True. Bruxism is not the only potential cause of TMD. In some cases, the strain on the TMJs may be the result of malocclusion (a misaligned bite). Because the teeth of the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned, the TMJs will be strained every time the teeth are forced to come together. However, with orthodontic treatment, bite problems can be corrected, solving the problem behind TMD.
Schedule a Visit with Your Mansfield TX Dentists
Are you suffering from TMD? If so, contact your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, today to schedule an appointment by calling 817-473-6227. We proudly serve Mansfield and the surrounding communities of South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, and Midlothian.