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Damage or misalignment in your lower jaw can have a major impact on the joints that attach your jaw to your skull (also known as temporomandibular joints or TMJ). When this happens, the joints become inflamed, causing pain and locking of the jaw.

If you’ve developed the above symptoms, talk to Dr. Hildebrand and Dr. Sanovich about possible TMJ treatment. Treatment prescription will vary based on the cause of your disorder. The five main causes of TMJ disorders are common physical conditions.

1. Arthritis: arthritis damages the cartilage in joints, causing pain and misalignment in the jaw.
2. Jaw trauma: if the jaw area is struck with enough force, the discs can be knocked out of alignment.
3. Misalignment: As jaw structure changes over time, the system doesn’t always fit together as it should.
4. Bruxism: “Bruxism” is teeth clenching and grinding. Plenty of people grind their teeth in their sleep or as a result of stress. The constant pressure can wear out muscles. Of course, not everyone tooth-grinder develops a TMJ disorder.
5. Gender: TMJ disorders most often occurs in women between the ages of 20 and 40, leading scientists to believe there could be a link between TMJ disorders and female hormones.

Now that you have a better idea of what may be causing your TMJ disorders, contact Preston Hollow Specialists at 214-691-5621 to schedule an appointment and begin your specialized treatment. You can find us in Dallas, Texas.