There are a few different risk factors that increase your chances of getting TMJ. There have been many studies show from organizations like the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and American Dental Association.
They report that the most common age group is 21 to 40 years old when developing TMJ and it is the most prevalent in women. There are two main risk factors that increase the chances of experiencing it.
Coping Skills for Managing Stress
There are many physical habits people develop in order to deal with their daily stressors. Doing things like clenching and unclenching your jaw for example. Some will chew on their nails, bite their lip, or even grind their teeth on gum or hard candy for long periods of time. These habits all increase your chances of developing TMJ. If you have the habit of grinding your teeth at night, it is one of the worst in that the constant stress on the joint can result in TMJ.
Health Problems that Can Result in TMJ
Certain health related issues and bodily genetics can raise your chances. If you have teeth that are crooked or have odd angles, it can unbalance the pressure on your jaw joint. Jaw or facial deformities can cause this as well. Any previous jaw injuries or history of arthritis, have an effect as well. Any physical condition that causes the pressure on your jaw joint for extended periods of time or misalign the pressure on each side. Over time, it raises the risk of jaw issues and TMJ.
If you have some of the risk factors listed above or you find yourself dealing with symptoms of TMJ, contact us for an appointment. We would be happy to discuss your situation and find the options to help you remedy it. Some situations when they are caught early enough, they allow of treatment options before you experience full blown jaw pain and issues.
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About Us Dr. Michael Allard has been delivering outstanding care in oral and maxillofacial surgery here in Arizona since 2000. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Allard manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions.