You are more likely to develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) if you have one or a few of the risks. However, it also doesn’t mean you won’t develop TMD if you don’t have any risk factors present. If you have any risk factors associated with TMD, it is important to visit our office in Atlanta for TMD analysis and treatment planning. Let’s take a look at your risk for developing TMD.

Injury. If you experience trauma or injury to the jaw area, it can translate to long-term issues. TMD may develop if an injury causes dislocation of the jaw joint or movement of the disc and if muscles of opening and closing the jaw are weakened or strained, among other complicated jaw conditions.

Age. Another risk factor is your age. If you are between the ages of 30 and 50 years, you are at an increased risk of developing TMD. While this doesn’t always mean a person will develop TMD if they are between these ages, but they are more likely to.

Stress. Some stress is acceptable, but constant stress might not be that good. If you are under a lot of stress in your life, you may have an increased risk of TMD. Some of the stress-related habits that may increase your risk of TMD are:

  • Habitually clenching and unclenching your jaw.
  • Grinding your teeth during the day and/or night in your sleep.
  • Constantly chewing things, such as gum or ice.

By learning to combat your stress, you can further prevent the development of TMD in Atlanta.

Medical conditions. There are various medical conditions that can also increase your risk of TMD, including misaligned teeth or bite, jaw or facial deformities, arthritic conditions, and history of jaw or facial injuries. If you suffer from these medical conditions it is important to visit our office for further assessment.

Gender. Both men and women can suffer from TMD. However, women account for 90 percent of those that seek treatment. Research continues to be completed to determine a possible connection between hormones and TMD, indicated sometimes that men and women process pain signals differently. However, there is no evidence to prove this claim quite yet.

Contact Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Center of Georgia if you fall into any of these categories and to see if you suffer from TMD. With help from Dr. Patel, our dentist in Atlanta, GA, you can improve your health and pain.