There are many issues that can cause TMD. The most common is subconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth. This usually occurs during sleep or when under excessive amounts of stress. Patients with this type of TMD may find that their symptoms vary depending on their level of stress.
Other causes of TMD can include:
- Jaw joint disc out of place.
- Osteoarthritis damage to joint.
- Swelling inside the joint.
- Poor posture muscle strain.
- Joint inflammation or strain.
During your visit, our team will take a detailed dental and medical history. Tell us about any symptoms or injuries to the TMJ area. Be sure to notify us of any chronic illnesses or medications you are taking.
Next, Dr. Chellis will perform a comprehensive exam of your head and neck. We will pay particular attention to the jaw muscles and joints. We may recommend a screening X-ray to rule out other issues. At this point, we can recommend an initial treatment plan in most cases.
Dr. Chellis will recommend a conservative treatment plan based on your individual needs. We can help relieve TMD pain, reduce stiffness, and increase function.
If you have experienced symptoms that may be TMD, contact Smile Secrets of Seattle for a consultation.