TMJ Disorder

What is TMJ? - Do I Have TMJ? - What Is TMD?

Do I Have TMJ?

Causes of TMJ Disorder:
There are many causes of TMJ disorders (TMD). A minor blow to the jaw, whiplash, head or neck trauma, genetic predisposition, difficult childbirth, missing teeth and unresolved chronic pain issues may all result in painful disorders of the jaws. The disruption of smooth jaw movement can eventually lead to head, neck and jaw pain, clicking and locking TMJs during chewing or yawning as well as a constellation of other symptoms. A bad bite can lead to a bad joint relationship and cause pain. Jaw-skull misalignment can lead to cracked teeth, tooth loss and even facial asymmetry. Missing teeth due to orthodontic treatment, periodontal disease or fracture is common, however we often discover facial and postural distortions while examining our chronic TMJ disorder patients such as:

· Jaws not lining up- dental midline asymmetry and deep overbites

· Eyes appearing shaped and canted differently- one eye round the other almond

· Ears presenting at different angles or heights relative to the skull- glasses that sit crooked on the face

· Forward head posture- habitual bird watching posture

· Rounded shoulders- slouched appearance