The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. It facilitates proper jaw movement and aids in chewing and speaking. When damage or disease affects the jaw joint, it’s called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This condition can range from mild to severe, acute to chronic. Sometimes surgical intervention is required to address this issue. Dr Zoud performs apicoectomies at the Wisdom Specialist Centre. He has the experience and skill necessary to deliver remarkable results so patients can preserve their oral health.
Symptoms of TMD can vary for each individual. However, some common warning signs include:
If you notice any of these issues, be sure to schedule a visit with your dentist right away. Prompt diagnosis is beneficial, as we can treat the condition before it worsens.
What Causes TMD?
While TMD can occur for many reasons, the primary cause really comes down to a damaged articular disk. The articular disk cushions the TMJ and absorbs shock so that the joint can move freely. This disk can become damaged for several reasons. For example:
- The disk may erode or move out of alignment.
- The cartilage around the joint is damaged by arthritis.
- Trauma, such as blunt force impact, damages the joint.
Patients with certain risk factors have a higher chance of developing TMD. For example, if you’ve sustained a jaw injury at any point in your life, you may be more likely to develop the condition. You may also be predisposed to TMD if you:
- Have a history of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Suffer from bruxism
- Have certain connective tissue diseases
Corrective Jaw Surgery for TMD
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If you have chronic TMD, corrective jaw surgery may be right for you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation at our surgery, contact us online anytime or call us at 02 8021-2728.