TMJ Disorder: Does it get worse with stress?

 

shutterstock_18883186-Custom-300x200A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a painful condition that develops when the jaw’s numerous components—bones, tendons and muscles—no longer work in concert as they should. A number of issues can cause or exacerbate a TMJ disorder, including stress.

Stress can cause you to clench the muscles around your jaw, sometimes even unconsciously, which can lead to lingering discomfort.

Other symptoms, including clicking or popping sounds from the jaw, difficulty opening or closing the jaw, and a noticeable change in the jaw’s alignment, can suggest the presence of a TMJ disorder.

If you’re suffering from jaw pain or some of the other signs of TMJ disorder, it’s important to get a complete evaluation by a specialist with extensive knowledge of the jaw, such as an oral surgeon, who can diagnose the condition and identify the specific issues that are causing it. 

If you’re suffering from jaw pain or some of the other signs of TMJ disorder, it’s important to get a complete evaluation by a specialist with extensive knowledge…

In some cases, a jaw defect may lead to the onset of this condition. If a congenital jaw issue or damage to the jaw resulting from injury, an oral surgeon may be able to give you some relief from your symptoms.

Although many TMJ patients will not need to undergo oral surgery to address the issue, an oral surgeon can help those patients who do not see improvement following more conservative interventions.

Oral surgery can help to correct problems with the alignment of jaw by repositioning the bones or repairing structural damage that is causing the jaw pain. An improperly positioned or damaged disc may also be the culprit for a TMJ disorder, and this issue can be resolved with surgery, as well.

An onslaught of stress can make any existing TMJ disorders worse. Stress management techniques may help to alleviate your symptoms, but if you’re still experiencing discomfort even after trying measures like muscle relaxers, physical therapy and monitoring your stress, schedule an appointment at Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to learn whether a surgical solution might benefit you.