How an Injury May Result in TMJ Pain

How an Injury May Result in TMJ Pain

June 16, 2019

When you notice jaw pain following a fall, blow to the face or whiplash injury, consider seriously. You might be having the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder. If the damage is left untreated, the condition gets worse and difficult to correct. Visit a dentist when you notice the symptoms of TMJ.

Understanding the TMJ Complex

The temporomandibular joint is the place where the lower jawbone connects to the skull. It includes the bones of the jaw and skull, the cartilage and other soft tissues and the muscles and tendons that move the jaw and hold it in place.

TMJ complex can get inflamed or strained resulting in-

  • Pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Sounds like clicking or popping when moving the jaw

These problems are referred to as temporomandibular disorder or temporomandibular syndrome.

Traumatic Causes of Temporomandibular Disorder

TMD may be caused by arthritis or by habitual actions, such as clenching or grinding your teeth. The disorder can result in TMJ injury or trauma. Trauma is a severe physical injury which is caused by a sudden impact or violent motion.

A TMJ injury is divided into 3 categories:

  • Stretching of the TMJ Joint
  • A blow to the head or jaw
  • Whiplash

Specific Ways in Which TMJ Injuries Can Occur

Stretching your TMJ for overtime can put a strain on the muscles and tendons of the joint, which makes them inflamed. Several types of injuries that can lead to TMJ symptoms:

  • Forcing upper and lower teeth together
  • Dislocating jaw which makes the joint out of alignment and stretches the soft tissues
  • Fracturing or injuring the top portion of the mandible bone

Whiplash is caused by forceful forward and back movement of the head and neck.

When to See a TMJ Specialist

Seek medical attention after an accident, even if you don’t notice any symptoms. If you have symptoms such as pain or difficulty moving your jaw, visit a TMJ specialist. Eat soft foods that are easy to chew.

Experience with TMJ Injury Problems

Plaza Family Dental has been treating TMJ problems. Contact them to schedule a consultation.