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TMD: Its Common Causes Reviewed

TMD or Temporomandibular disorder is a complication resulting from problems in the jaw area particularly its joints and surrounding facial muscles. Until now, professionals cannot clearly pinpoint the cause of this problem. They were able to determine, however, several scenarios that can be roots of this problem.

One example is the clenching or grinding of teeth. Doing this can put a lot of pressure on the temporomandibular joint especially when done unconsciously as in the case of bruxism. The stress that it causes can lead to problems such as right or left jaw pain and lockjaw symptoms.

Dislocation of the disc that serves as the cushion between the ball and socket of the joint can also be the cause as well. However, majority of TMD cases root from muscle complications rather than the joint itself so this is not a common occurrence. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are also causes but more common is stress which can lead to the tightening of jaw or facial muscles of an individual.

Since TMD is not usually caused by a joint problem, professionals recommend the use of non-invasive techniques to cure it. The use of medications and therapies such as biofeedback and acupuncture are commonly recommended as it takes the stress off from a person’s system.

Have you been suffering from pain on only one side of your jaw but is not sure if it’s TMD? Then read to find out.