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Most people believe that temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJ/TMD) is a problem that affects adolescents and young adults, but most patients are actually middle-aged or older. Unfortunately, few people seek diagnosis or TMJ disorder treatment in the prime of their life, and continue to suffer from the symptoms as they age. We’ll discuss TMJ symptoms and treatment in a little more detail below.

Prevalence and Causes of TMD in Older Patients

In younger patients, TMJ pain is typically associated with issues that affect the jaw muscle. While the exact causes of TMJ syndrome in adults and elderly patients have not yet been identified, the disorder may be connected to certain factors that become more prevalent as old age approaches:

Signs of TMD in the Older Population

Common symptoms of TMJ disease in older patients include:

TMJ Pain Treatment for Older Patients

Common TMJ treatment methods include:

Your doctor will attempt to correct any underlying medical conditions before resorting to surgery or medication for TMD. If you suffer from any of the symptoms, visit a health professional for TMJ treatment at the earliest.

Written by Dr. Shen Chao

Shen Chao is part of Dr. Joshua Hong’s Dental Clinic in Goodyear, AZ. While working for the dental clinic, he's gained first hand experiences into the questions and concerns that dental patients have. He has been writing to inform people about various dental topics to help his readers improve their oral health. When he's not working, you can find him on a hiking trail with his dog or having a Sunday cook-out with friends.

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