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What causes TMJ?
Do most people with a TMJD need surgery?
Will I have a TMJD for life once I am diagnosed?
Why are there not many Doctors that know about TMJ?
What does a splint do?
What happens after splint therapy?
QWhat causes TMJ?
ATMJD (Disease) has two major causes:
1) Macro trauma – a blow to the head, face, or jaw can immediately or years after cause TMJD.
2) Micro trauma – bruxism (grinding) or clenching of teeth can either primarily cause TMJD or secondarily due to some underlying problem.
QDo most people with a TMJD need surgery?
ANo, most TMJD cases can be treated with conservative treatments.
QWill I have a TMJD for life once I am diagnosed?
ADepending on the type of diagnosis, for example, if you have disc displacement, treatment renders an adaptive response with a resolution of your symptoms, but leaves joints that are prone to re-injury. Therefore, we do yearly follow-up exams after treatment is completed to maintain joint health.
QWhy are there not many Doctors that know about TMJ?
AAdvanced training is required to accurately diagnose and treat TMJD. Most dentists and physicians receive little if any training in this field. Inexperience or lack of education can cause a delay in diagnosis and treatment.
QWhat does a splint do?
AA splint is an orthopedic appliance, which repositions the ball (condyle) of the lower jaw allowing the disc area to heal.
QWhat happens after splint therapy?
ASplint therapy is not permanent, so at its completion corrective measures are taken to maintain joint stability and prevent relapse.