How do other illnesses affect temporomandibular disorder (TMD)

Having certain illnesses may increase the likelihood of developing temporomandibular disorder (TMD). One of those illnesses is osteoarthritis. TMD affects the joints where your jawbone meets the skull, and all joints are lined with protective cartilage. Osteoarthritis wears away cartilage, which could cause TMD. Other conditions that increase the risk for TMD include rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, syndrome, and sleep bruxism (chronic teeth grinding at night).

For many people, TMD is brought on by stress rather than being caused or impacted by other illnesses. However, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and infectious arthritis all may increase a person's risk of developing one of the temporomandibular disorders. Osteoarthritis is typically brought on by age. The temporomandibular joints can be damaged by this condition. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own cells. It is a condition that can lead to TMD. Infectious arthritis is an infection that can spread from one part of the body to another. This infection can impact these joints as well.

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

TMJ or Temmporomandibular Joint Disorder is pain or malfunction at the point where the jawbone is attached. TMJ can have many symptoms, from clicking, to locking of the jaw, to headache, earache or even a feeling of tiredness in t...

he face. TMJ can have as many causes as there are symptoms: arthritis, gnashing of teeth, injury, dislocation of cushioning material. Depending on how severe the problem is, treatment may range from a change in habits and posture - not resting you chin in your hand - to an oral appliance at night, to pain injections or surgery.

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