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Could headaches, jaw pain and other TMJ symptoms be inherited?

genetics-tmj-relationThere has been research that indicates that temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) dysfunction may be passed on from one generation to another.

This could mean that if you do develop a problem with your TMJ, you may have inherited a stronger likelihood for the condition from your parents or grandparents. TMJ symptoms can be painful, debilitating and even embarrassing. Fortunately, even if there are genetic reasons why you have developed a TMJ disorder there are techniques which are available to deal with it.

A TMJ disorder may be under the influence of genetics, the environment, or both

The TMJ is the joint, or more correctly, the joints, that control the movement of the lower jaw as you talk and eat. If the TMJ is misaligned these activities, that are normally taken for granted, can suddenly become painful and debilitating. If you’re suffering from TMJ symptoms it could mean for instance that you possess a bite that stops your teeth coming together correctly.

Inheritable factors are teeth that tend to grow crooked or are oversized or in the wrong position. If one or other of your parents or grandparents has suffered from TMJ problems in the past it is a greater likelihood that you may too, although this is not always the case.

Environmental factors are also important and often an inherited tendency for TMJ dysfunction is more strictly epigenetic, meaning that it is a complex interaction between family features and what happens to your joints as you grow up.

How an inherited tendency for TMJ disorder can be dealt with by a dentist

dentist-tmj-sleepNeuromuscular dentistry has been found to be effective in diagnosing what is causing a bad bite and can offer ways of correcting the problem.

Any physical teeth irregularities that are hereditary can be altered with appropriate dental techniques. The teeth’s shape can be changed so that the teeth are better aligned which can help considerably with the negative symptoms of TMJ disorders. A full mouth reconstruction can be undertaken and orthotic devices can be custom designed and made so that your jaw is kept properly aligned.

What do I do next to put an end to my painful inherited TMJ disorder?

You shouldn’t allow yourself to put up with discomfort any longer. You should arrange an appointment with a dentist who specializes in the correction of TMJ dysfunctions.

The modern techniques that have been developed to relieve your discomfort take into account the fact that your disorder may have been inherited. It is wise to have a doctor’s evaluation first to ensure there is no other underlying condition that might be the cause. Your dentist will then conduct the relevant tests and decide on a treatment option that best suits you.

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