The Causes of TMJ


Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, occurs when one or more of the components of the jaw joint are inflamed, misaligned, or eroded away altogether. This is a common ailment that can affect people of any age, and because the jaw joint is used so frequently, this kind of damage can cause a significant amount of distress due to stiffness, soreness, and pain around the hinge of the jaw. TMJ can interfere with many aspects of life, including your sleep and eating habits. We understand your desire to be well and comfortable, and we are here to help you. Dr. Gyurina has a special interest in TMJ and has received additional training in its diagnosis and treatment. If you're looking for the best dentist in Madison to see for TMJ, we hope you'll try Oak Park Dental.

Causes of TMJ

TMJ is a blanket term for many different conditions affecting the jaw joint, which means it has numerous possible contributing factors. TMJ can occur as a result of certain kinds of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Some cases occur after an injury to the jaw or mouth. In some rare cases, TMJ can be caused by connective tissue disorders, while one of the most common causes is simple teeth grinding or jaw clenching. While we can't address all causes of TMJ, there are many we can. Dr. Gyurina will work with you to determine the cause of your TMJ, and then decide what the best course of action will be.

Teeth Grinding

In the case that your TMJ is caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) or chronic jaw clenching, we can help! Dr. Gyurina will fit you for a custom nightguard to prevent you from grinding your teeth and to relieve the pressure from jaw clenching at night. We can also recommend relaxation methods or counseling to reduce stress and relieve your bruxism, or recommend you to a chiropractor or physical therapist to help alleviate some of the strain that is being placed on your temporomandibular joint. But more often than not, we can provide you with in-office solutions that will effectively treat your TMJ and help you to avoid its recurrence.


If your TMJ is caused by an injury, you may need to undergo a surgical procedure to correct the damage that was done. But in some cases, it may be as simple as taking a regular anti-inflammatory medication to allow the injury to heal. Injuries can become worse over time if not treated properly, so if you are experiencing TMJ as a result of an injury, make an appointment to have it looked at as soon as possible. If we can't treat your injury here, we'll refer you to someone who can.

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If you suffer from TMJ, Madison WI has one of the best TMJ dentists around. Let us help restore your wellness and comfort; schedule a consultation with Dr. Gyurina today.


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