Do women experience temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, more frequently than men? A March 2019 study says yes. And more often than not, the development of TMD occurs during childbearing years. Legends Dental can help treat both women and men for TMD at any stage of life.

What Is TMD?

TMD is a painful medical condition that develops when the temporomandibular joint becomes misaligned. The effects of the condition include jaw pain; clicking, popping and snapping of the jaw; tooth grinding and clenching; headaches; and pain in the neck, back and shoulders. Some people also experience difficulty opening and closing the mouth.

The study, which analyzed 999 people with TMD and 2,031 persons without TMD, assessed participants for causes of the condition and to see if a gender component exists.

The researchers found that there is a gender variable that contributes to the development of the disorder. Ninety percent of individuals living with TMD were found to be women in their childbearing years.

But why?

Stress and Other Factors

One thought is stress. The stress of raising children can contribute to the disorder. Women tend to internalize stress, which often subconsciously manifests itself as clenching and grinding. This puts stress and wear and tear on the temporomandibular joints.

Other possible causes include hormonal changes in women brought on by having children and menopause. During these years, estrogen and progesterone levels are higher and can cause jaw ligament laxity, which can lead to joint problems and irritation. When this happens, the jaw joint becomes inflamed and painful.

Another potential factor is the anatomical differences between men and women in the jaw and skull. These differences can affect the force on the temporomandibular joints and contribute to the development of TMD. In men, the upper jaw bones are longer and broader than in women, which makes for a greater angle of the lower jaw and less stress on the jaw joint.

Other contributors to the development of TMD include narrow airway and poor breathing habits, such as mouth breathing.

If you're living with TMD and its uncomfortable symptoms, Legends Dental can help. Give us a call today at (254) 294-4040 for more information about a diagnosis, causes and treatment. We look forward to speaking to you.

Covid-19

A NOTE TO OUR PATIENTS

The well-being of our patients has always been our top priority!

Legends Dental is following the recommendations of Governor Abbott, Texas State Dental Board, ADA, as well as the CDC. We will be limiting our services effective immediately. Due to recent circumstances and for the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our community, we will not be performing any routine or non-urgent dental procedures at this time.

Though our office hours have been temporarily shortened, our team will continue to support anyone who may be experiencing pain and all who require an Emergency Care Visit.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or having pain, please text our office at (254)776-0691 or call (254)799-9540 so we may get you scheduled as quickly as possible. You can also message us on Facebook.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments include:
Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation. Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes. Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma. Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation. Extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire causing pain.

Additionally, our team is here to help those affected by cancellations. We will gladly assist with rescheduling to a time that is best for you. If you have an appointment that may be affected, or would like to reschedule regardless, please call (254)799-9540 or text (254)776-0691 so we may accommodate you.

We love all our patients and look forward to being able to serve all of your dental needs as soon as possible!! Thank you for you time and understanding during these circumstances.