Causes and Treatments of TMD (TMJ)

Causes of TMD (TMJ)

As one of the more complex joints in the body, the temporal mandibular joint is subject to trauma or inflammatory response that can creates pain.  Like the knee, the TMJ has a disk inside with in that provides a cushion when you chew or bite down.  Some causes of TMD  also include stress, medical conditions of the connective tissues, dental bite adjustments by different providers.  Genetic factors can also be a contributor to this dysfunction. Women are more likely than men to have  TMD related pain.

Treatment of TMJ related dysfunction

Relieving joint and muscle pain related to the temporal mandibular joint can include several steps.  Dr. Lobato and his team will discuss fact-finding procedures to determine your level of TMD.   When found at it’s early stages, most people find pain relief by wearing an appliance (much like an orthodontic) retainer during the night or at stressful times.  More specifically Dr. Lobato uses a ‘deprograming’ appliance for both his fact-finding steps and prevention.

Levels of TMD

Using the methods of one of Dr. Lobato’s mentors, Dr. John Kois,  the degree of your TMD is determined through your level of functional occlusion (or bite).  Dr. Lobato will suggest treatment options for gaining relief based on factors such as level of pain, type of occlusion, medical history, and stress related factors.

With the careful consideration of each of these variables,  Dr. Lobato will suggest an individualized treatment plan designed for your TMD/TMJ issues.  As always, Dr. Lobato will offer more than one treatment option, whenever possible.