Why TMJ Disorders Happen
People can suffer from TMJ for a few different reasons. One of the most common is that their bite is “off” or misaligned. Thus, when they bite down on their molars, the stresses on the jaw joint are uneven. This can then cause teeth grinding behaviors, a subconscious way for the body to try to remedy the unevenness. Your dentist in Ballwin, MO, serving all of West St. Louis County, can use high-tech equipment to perform an occlusal adjustment. In essence, he will grind the tops of the molars using sterilized tools to achieve a proper jaw fit.
Another reason for TMJ is damage to the jaw joint, which can come from an accident or may be congenital. If this is the cause, a dental provider can help you understand surgical options. Some reasons for TMJ are still unknown; however, treatment options are always available even if the underlying cause of the TMJ is a mystery!
Looking for TMJ relief in Ballwin, MO, or St. Louis, MO? Call Dr. Todd Morton today at (636) 489-0337 to find out how you can get rid of your chronic jaw pain or teeth grinding!