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Each patient has a certain risk of developing a TMJ disorder due to the presence of their temporomandibular joints (TMJs), which are the joints that connect the lower jaw to the rest of the head. When TMJs don’t function as they should, the result can be a jaw that makes popping and clicking noises, locks, experiences pain and swelling, and causes headaches. Knowing your risk factors for TMJ disorder, or TMD, can help you determine if you need to seek treatment.

If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, come see Dr. Eliot Tokowitz to have your jaw structure evaluated. During this procedure, our dentist may ask questions regarding the source of your TMD. Some of the causes of TMD include:

– Arthritis: The onset of arthritis can cause damage in the joint cartilage, resulting in jaw misalignment and pain.
– Jaw trauma: A strong force striking your jaw and knock the discs out of alignment.
– Misalignment: Changes in your jaw structure can cause the overall system to no longer fit together well.
– Tooth grinding and stress: It’s very common for patients to grind their teeth during sleep or because of intense stress. This pressure can wear down the jaw muscles, and while not everyone who grinds their teeth will suffer from a TMJ disorder, teeth grinding certainly increases the risk.
– Gender: Women between the age of 20 and 40 are most likely to develop TMD, indicating that there may be a link between female hormones and TMD.

If you are not suffering symptoms of TMD but have a high risk level, contact Sheffield Square Dental Care at 773-880-2310 to discuss your treatment options for TMD.

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