What causes TMJ?
Numerous factors can affect the health of your temporomandibular joint and cause TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Your jaw joint is a complex system of bone, cartilage, tendons, and muscles. If one part of the system is out of whack, it can create a ripple effect of problems.
If you suffer from malocclusion, or a bad bite, and your teeth cannot come together properly, the inability for your jaw to find its ideal position can create TMD. Dr. Sean Drower can evaluate your bite and make sure that when you close all the way, it is not adding any extra strain to your jaw.
If you are a heavy bruxer, or teeth grinder, you may be doing more damage than you know. Your jaw is incredibly strong and the full force of its power can create damage in your jaw joint, facial muscles, teeth, and cause headaches. If you wake up in the morning with sore teeth or headaches, you should have an evaluation to determine the cause.
Sometimes trauma from a car accident or sports injury can cause TMD. If you suddenly have problems opening or closing your mouth or if your teeth come together differently than before, call our office to schedule an exam with Dr. Sean Drower. His skills and expertise can help restore your health and make you feel comfortable again.