Have trouble opening your jaw all the way? Experience facial or head pain or jaw joint sensitivity and noises? Those jaw joints are also called temporomandibular joints and millions of North Americans have a debilitating condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.
Here are some possible causes of TMD:
- Bruxism, or grinding and clenching of the teeth, is the most common. Stress can increase its severity while asleep and awake.
- Malocclusion, or bad bite, can place pressure on the joints and strain your jaw muscles.
- Trauma caused directly by a car accident, a contact sport, or other event, or indirectly by, for example, holding a sustained position at work.
Although the cause and symptoms of your TMD are unique, you could be one of the many for whom a small dental appliance can provide much-needed relief.