Understanding TMJ Disorders: What to Look Out For

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TMJ disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury to the jaw, arthritis, or excessive teeth grinding or clenching. In some cases, the exact cause of a TMJ disorder may be difficult to determine. Injury to the jaw joint or the muscles of the head and neck—such as from a heavy blow or whiplash—can cause TMJ disorders. 

Arthritis in the jaw joint can also lead to TMJ disorders, as can excessive teeth grinding or clenching, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint. Other factors that may contribute to TMJ disorders include genetics, certain connective tissue diseases that cause problems with the jaw joint, and conditions that affect the muscles of the head and neck, such as fibromyalgia. It’s important to note that stress is not a direct cause of TMJ disorders, but it can contribute to jaw clenching and teeth grinding, which can exacerbate the condition.

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