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Why are TMJ problems more common in women?

TMJ pain treatment in SouthlakeMore than 10 million Americans experience TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and muscle disorders, according to the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. While the institute recognizes that these issues seem to affect more women than men, it doesn’t offer exact numbers. By some estimates, like those offered by dental insurance carriers, women are twice as likely as men to be affected by TMJ. So what accounts for that vast difference? Is it simply that women are more likely to seek care for TMJ symptoms, or are other factors at work?

One of the prime reasons that women — particularly those of childbearing age — may experience TMJ disorders is hormones. Dental research has pointed to a link between estrogen and pain in the jaw joints. This can take on increased relevance for women taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.

While not as well researched, some commonly held beliefs about females’ susceptibility to TMJ problems include vitamin deficiencies due to menstrual cycles as well as differences in joint structure.

Arthritis, a misaligned bite and trauma or dislocation can lead to TMJ problems in males and females.

Whatever the cause, TMJ disorders can range from mildly aggravating to severely debilitating. Patients may not just experience jaw pain, clicking and popping when eating or talking, but headaches and neck pain can also be commonplace. If you experience any such symptoms, talk with the DaVinci Dentistry team. Getting to the root of TMJ pain can be a time-consuming process, involving taking an intensive health history and having willingness to try multiple solutions. We’ll do whatever we can to try to find the solution that works for you. Set up an appointment online or call 817-251-9333.

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TMJ Pain and Age

TMJ pain, a condition Southlake-based DaVinci Dentistry can treat.

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. When this joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone on the side of the head doesn’t work as it should, simple motions like yawning, speaking and eating can become painful. A limited range of motion may also be accompanied by clicking or popping noises.

The age of those impacted can range from patients in their teen years to their 70s, but a recent survey from the TMJ Association reveals one population particularly prone to TMJ disorders, also known as TMD: Individuals who are, on average, 41 years of age. And 90 percent of them are women.

While this points to a possible connection between female hormones and TMJ disorders, the causes of this condition are not widely understood. Sometimes traumatic injuries are to blame, while in other cases symptoms begin without an obvious reason.

Treating TMJ Disorders

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ, you may be surprised to learn that there are dental solutions that can ease the severity of your discomfort. At DaVinci Dentistry, we can talk with you about your symptoms and evaluate your health history in efforts to rule out other conditions that could be to blame. It all starts with a consultation that can be scheduled by contacting us at 817-251-9333. Our dental office is conveniently located in Southlake to serve patients throughout much of Tarrant County.