Age can be a factor in temporomandibular jaw joint disorder or TMD also know as TMJ. The destructive process that we call TMD is happening at the jaw joint and will distort and distress a number of tissues in the area. The joint itself is comprised of two bones with a pad of cartilage between them. This pad of cartilage is held in place with ligaments and is surrounded with soft tissues. When there is a dysfunctional issue and the lower jaw slips off the pad of cartilage, it damages the pad and squishes the back of it, making it easier to have the jaw slip off in the future. Once the ligaments that support that joint are stretched, they do not return to their original lengths, and the soft tissue in the area will be traumatized and inflamed.
This happens because there is no tooth support of the bite when the jaw is in the proper position with the pad properly placed between the lower jaw and base of the skull. One of the first things aneuromuscular dentist will do is look to see if the musculature supports a better bony relationship. A specially-trained LVI neuromuscular dentist will evaluate the muscles to determine if a different position for the jaw may help to maintain that proper position of the jaw in the socket with the cartilage pad ideally located between the lower jaw and the skull. If you are suffering from TMD pain click here to find a specially-trained LVI neuromuscular dentist near you.