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What is TMD/TMJ? – Fort Worth, TX

Are My Problems Because of a TMJ Disorder?

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TMD is short for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a significant health problem that’s estimated to affect as many as 60 million Americans yearly – that’s 30% of the United States population.

Also commonly referred to as TMJ disorder, this condition involves the temporomandibular joint, which attaches the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone. This is what allows patients to move their jaw smoothly as they talk, chew, and even yawn. Because of this responsibility, though, even the smallest problems associated with the TMJ can result in aggravation, pain, and a decreased quality of life for patients.

Here in Fort Worth, TX, Mitch Conditt, DDS has the training, experience, and advanced technology needed to provide patients with minimally invasive TMJ/TMD therapy that greatly improves their comfort and helps them get back to living each day to the fullest. If you’d like to learn more about the facts behind TMD, please continue reading:

Why Choose Us for TMJ/TMD Treatment?

  • Doctor with 30+ years of experience
  • Able to stop chronic headaches/migraines
  • Treatments custom-designed for each patient

What causes TMJ Disorder/TMD?

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TMD can occur for a number of reasons, some of which are unclear. Pain that originates from the temporomandibular joint or the surrounding facial muscles that help control jaw movement may be attributed to:

  • Long-term grinding/clenching of teeth (also known as bruxism).
  • An improper bite/teeth that don’t fit together as they should.
  • A jaw injury that has damaged the temporomandibular joint or surrounding structures.
  • Certain types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

What are common TMJ symptoms?

Model of jaw and skull bone

If you think you may be suffering from TMD, pay attention to the following TMJ symptoms:

  • Significant pain and/or tenderness that’s located in the jaw or the face.
  • Aching that’s located in and around the ears.
  • Difficulty chewing properly.
  • Joints that lock constantly, making it difficult to open and close the mouth in a proper fashion.

Now that you better understand TMJ disorder and what it entails, it’s time to start on the path to recovery with Dr. Conditt. Contact our Fort Worth, TX dental office today if you have any questions our team can help you with, or if you’d like to schedule your first visit. We look forward to making a difference in your life through our personalized, comprehensive approach.