Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2023 | 25 views
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common problem that affects millions of people worldwide, and certain dentists can provide treatments for it.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull and allows you to open and close your mouth, chew, and speak. TMD can be quite painful and can significantly affect your quality of life if it’s not treated.
In this article, we will discuss the various causes of TMD and how it might be linked to dental implants. Understanding the factors contributing to TMD will help you better manage and treat the condition.
Anatomy of the Temporomandibular Joint
The TMJ is a complex joint with a unique structure. It is the only joint in the body that consists of a hinge and a sliding motion, allowing your jaw to move smoothly in various directions.
The joint is made up of the mandible (lower jawbone), the temporal bone (part of the skull), and a soft disc made of cartilage that sits between the bones to cushion and support their movement. This intricate design makes the TMJ susceptible to various problems, leading to TMD.
Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
There are several factors that can contribute to the development of TMD. Some of the most common causes include:
Dental Implants and TMD
Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth but in some cases they can be linked to TMD. symptoms This tends to happen if the implants were not placed correctly and also leads to uneven pressure on the Temporomandibular joint which causes stress on the jaw.
When placed correctly, implants can substantially alleviate the symptoms of TMD, especially if any missing teeth are contributing to an imbalanced bite or uneven pressure on the jaw joint.
Replacing missing teeth with implants can also help restore a balanced and functional bite. By re-establishing proper occlusion (the way your teeth fit together when you bite), implants can reduce the strain on the TMJ and alleviate TMD-related discomfort.
Implants Minimize the Risk of TMD
A dental surgeon that specializes in dental implants can examine your current placements and ensure proper placement, and minimize the risk of TMD-related complications.
Your dentist will be able to diagnose and treat TMD. First a comprehensive examination and evaluation of your medical and dental history are required, and from the an appropriate treatment plan is put in place.
Treatment for TMD varies depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. Some common treatment options for TMD include:
Not all cases of TMD can be treated without a dentist, but there are several ways you can reduce your risk of getting it and maintain the overall health of your jaw:
Because Temporomandibular joint disorders are painful and affect quality of life, having it treated as soon as possible is the only way it’s going to be resolved. Talking to a dentist that specializes in identifying and treating the TMD will get you on your way to getting the proper treatment and help you enjoy life again.
If you live in Brantford and suspect you have TMD related issues, Dr. Pio Modi DDS, BSc is one consultation away. By taking proactive steps to maintain the health of your TMJ joint, you will start to enjoy a more comfortable, and pain-free life.
After Dr. Modi graduated from McMaster University with an Honours B.Sc. in chemistry in 1997, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto in 2001. He began to practice dentistry in Brantford the following year. Throughout his career he's completed hundreds of hours of continuing education programs and has studied with some of the best educators in the industry.