Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

The cause of a TMJ disorder is often unknown, however various factors can aggravate a TMJ disorder such as:

  • Missing teeth
  • Grinding or clenching teeth which could be linked to stress
  • TMJ fractures or dislocation
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Wrongly shaped dental fillings, crowns or bridges

TMJ disorders in different people can vary from mild to discomfort to severe pain. Symptoms of a TMJ disorder may include:

  • Limited jaw movement
  • Difficulty in mouth opening
  • A stuck or “locked” jaw
  • Clicking, grating, or popping noises from jaw joints
  • Pain when chewing
  • Pain in or around the ears and cheeks
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