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If your jaw has a tendency to lock, pop and cause you headaches, you may have an issue with your temporomandibular joints—the joints that attach your lower jaw to your skull. We as a medical community have yet to determine a direct cause of TMJ.

If you visit Dr. Shur Dental and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lyudmila Shur, she will help you discover the most likely cause of your disorder. TMJ is most commonly caused by the following 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. Stress and teeth grinding: Plenty of people grind their teeth in their sleep or as a result of stress. The constant pressure can wear out muscles. Not everyone tooth-grinder develops a TMJ disorder, but teeth grinding elevates your risk level.
5. Gender: TMJ disorders most often occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40, leading scientists to believe there could be a link between TMJ disorders and female hormones.

If you fit several of the above situations but have yet to experience any symptoms of TMJ, feel free to contact us at 425-741-2030 and speak to Dr. Lyudmila Shur about possible risk and treatment for TMJ. You can find us in Lynnwood, Washington.