Throughout the Month of May, the Arthritis Foundation raises awareness for arthritis by educating the public. Estimates suggest that about 50 million people in the United States currently have some form of arthritis. The two major types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these conditions are painful and degenerative. Arthritis is also strongly linked to TMJ disorder. Your Farmington Hills TMJ dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari explains.
Facts about Arthritis
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. About 30 million Americans currently have osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis commonly occurs among athletes or patients who are overweight. Excess strain on joints contributes to osteoarthritis. Patients with osteoarthritis often experience pain and tenderness in their knees, backs, ankles, hands, or elbows. The other less common form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, is actually an auto-immune disorder. Painful and degenerative, rheumatoid arthritis may lead to deformities.
TMJ Disorder & Arthritis
TMJ disorder commonly occurs in arthritis patients. In fact, osteoarthritis can develop in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Patients with osteoarthritis in the TMJ encounter pain and difficulty chewing, yawning, speaking, and eating. In some cases, TMJ dysfunction can be caused by chronic pain related to arthritis elsewhere in the body. When patients experience moderate to severe pain, they may clench and grind their teeth. Clenching and gnashing teeth over time stresses TMJ and facial muscles.
Treating TMJ Disorders in Detroit
Comfort Dental Spa offers therapeutic treatments for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and TMJ disorders. Dr. Askari will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your bite, TMJ, and teeth. If we determine that you have TMJ dysfunction, we will develop a treatment plan tailored specifically for you. From biofeedback and massage to comfortable oral appliances, Comfort Dental Spa helps relieve pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders. We serve patients from Chicago to Detroit. To schedule a TMJ disorder consultation, contact our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434.
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