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TMJ Causes

 TMJ Causes
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Due to the complexity of the TMJ, it is often difficult to determine the exact cause. The condition can develop from an injury to the jaw, TMJ, head muscles or neck muscles. Often, these injuries are caused by a jarring blow or whiplash.

Other possible causes of TMD include:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Pressure on the TMJ caused by grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Dislocation of the disk separating the ball and socket of the TMJ
  • Damage to the cartilage of the TMJ caused by arthritis
  • Stress which may result in a tightening of the facial and jaw muscles
  • Allergies and breathing problems
  • Missing teeth
Do You Need Relief from TMJ Symptoms?

TMD can be extremely painful. While this pain may be short-lived, it is possible for it to become chronic, lasting for many years and causing degenerative problems if left untreated. Common TMJ symptoms include:
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Tinnitus
  • Facial pain
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Uneven bite
  • Clicking, popping or grating sound in the jaw joint when opening your mouth or chewing
  • Limited mobility in the mouth
  • Uncomfortable bite
  • Facial swelling
  • Toothaches – a dull ache that affects several teeth in a concentrated area
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness and tingling
Worn teeth are not normal, but can be a common symptom of TMJ. As a result of TMD, you may suffer from cracked, loose, missing, chipped or broken teeth.