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Can Trauma Cause TMJ Disorders


Posted on 9/11/2023 by Dr. Shaun Rai
Can Trauma Cause TMJ DisordersDisorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can make people feel uncomfortable and hurt their quality of life. While stress and tooth grinding are frequently linked to TMJ problems, trauma is another crucial cause that requires care. Let us examine the relationship between trauma and TMJ issues and what may be done to address it.

TMJ Disorders


The TMJ joins the jawbone and skull, allowing you to talk, chew, and yawn. Disorders of the TMJ include a variety of illnesses that have an impact on the muscles around the joint. Jaw pain, snapping or clicking noises, trouble opening or shutting the mouth, migraines, and ear pain are additional indications.

The Correlation Between Trauma and TMJ


Trauma can cause immediate damage to the jaw and neighboring areas, whether due to a fall, sport-related injury, or car accident. This exerted force may cause the TMJ to become misaligned, harm the joint cartilage, or stress the nearby muscles and ligaments. Even relatively slight trauma can set off actions resulting in TMJ disorders if sustained precisely.

Getting Professional Assistance


It is critical to see an oral expert if you have had trauma and are experiencing indicators like jaw discomfort, clicking sounds, or difficulties moving your jaw. If you have TMJ problems, a dentist or a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery can assess and determine if the trauma is to blame.

Stress and teeth grinding, two symptoms frequently linked to TMJ issues, might arise due to trauma, a key contributing factor. It is crucial to comprehend how the trauma may influence the TMJ and to find medical treatment if symptoms manifest, regardless of whether an accident, a sports-related injury, or another occurrence caused the trauma. If people know the link between trauma and TMJ problems, they can take preventative measures to safeguard their oral health and improve their overall well-being.







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