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Sonny Eslampour, DDS
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What Causes TMJ/TMD?

The dislocation of the joint (either partial or full dislocation) is one of the main causes behind all the symptoms associated with TMJ.

TMJ's can be thrown out of balance due to abnormal, excessive or prolonged muscle activity. Certain habits (like gritting your teeth, or chewing gum for long periods of time) make it more likely to develop TMJ.  These can also turn a mild TMJ case into a more severe case.

Any sort of a trauma, from auto accidents to sporting injuries to fights can always cause serious temporary if not chronic or permanent joint problems.

The joint is made of a tough cartilage-like tissue. It is tough and fibrous, but it is not very thick, so it does wear thru when there is excessive load and rubbing on it. The disc can and will develop a hole or tear thru itself when there is abnormal activity. The bone against bone contact which is then created between the lower jaw and the upper jaw then results in the jaw bone being worn away over time.

TMJ & Its Impact On Your Diet

Disorders of the jaw joint can cause both functional problems and also esthetic disturbances.  Opening and closing of the mouth is affected. You cannot open your mouth as wide if you have TMJ, or your jaw might shift while you open or close your mouth. You cannot chew comfortably so your diet becomes affected as well, impacting your overall health. You start taking medications to counteract these health problems, but these medications themselves have unwanted side effects.

TMJ & Its Impact On Your Appearance

How can TMJ affect the way you look? The muscles that support your face start to look different because they are not being evenly used. These imbalances make half of your face look bigger than the other half.  When arthritis of the jaw bone sets in you actually start losing height in the overall proportions of your face. The jaw might appear shifted to one side since the jaw bone is destroyed on that side.

TMJ & Genetics

Genetics do have a component in the health and longevity of functioning jaw joints.  Some patients with arthritis such as Rheumatoid Arthritis do have more problems with their TMJ's.  Other less common disease that affect the cartilage tissue in the body can also have an impact on the health of the jaw joints. 

Sonny Eslampour, DDS is a dentist with a sub-specialty in treatment of TMJ disorders and Sleep Apnea.
TMJ & Sleep Apnea Center
555 S Rancho Santa Fe Road, #100
San Marcos, CA 92078