What is the Cause of TMJ?

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There is no single cause of TMJ disorder. This painful condition can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from a jaw that locks into position to pain that affects the jaw joint, the face, and the ear or that radiates into the neck, shoulder, and back. If you have symptoms of TMJ problems, our Huntington Beach dentist will work with you to identify the cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan to bring you relief.

The temporomandibular joint is a complex joint that both hinges and slides. The joints are protected with cartilage, and special shock-absorbing discs keep the movements smooth and comfortable. When any of these parts become damaged or injured, TMJ disorder can develop. Treatment will be needed to restore comfort and range of motion to your jaw.

Common causes of TMJ disorders can include:

  • Arthritis, which damages the joint’s cartilage
  • A direct blow or impact to the jaw, which can damage the joint or any of its components
  • Erosion of the disc
  • Misalignment of the disc

Orthodontic problems, bruxism, gum chewing, and age can increase the risk of developing TMJ disorders. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in TMJ in Huntington Beach.

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