Temporomandibular joint disorder can affect anyone; however, because it promotes a host of vague symptoms, the condition often goes undiagnosed. In an attempt to provide ways to better identify people who might be at risk, researchers out of Germany recently conducted a study evaluating the link between depression, anxiety and TMD. The results were interesting; however, they also appear to raise more questions.
German researchers at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Plastic Surgery at the University of Greifswal recently sought to estimate the correlation between anxiety, depression and TMD pain.
After looking at over 3,000 subjects, the study found that depression and anxiety symptoms should be considered as potential risk factors for the condition, while also suggesting that clinicians may be able to treat TMD symptoms by indirectly treating depression and anxiety.
Although this study may show a strong correlation between depression, anxiety and temporomandibular joint disorder; it leaves questions unanswered. For instance, while emotional distress has been shown to manifest itself as physical pain; quite often, the opposite is true.
Because TMD causes numerous symptoms that can negatively impact a person’s quality of life, it often promotes depression. More often than not, when people receive an effective TMD treatment, their emotional distress also subsides.
Temporomandibular joint disorder isn’t an imagined condition that results from psychological distress; it’s a very real physical problem that requires a tangible solution. Although it can promote a web of vague, confusing symptoms, TMD originates at a specific point: within the jaw joint. Usually, most every symptom traces back to one specific issue: a misaligned bite. By treating this issue, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins are able to provide real, lasting TMD relief that allows patients to enjoy a pleasant, symptom-free life. To learn more, call our dental office at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley today.
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