Elmhurst Dentist Reviews Common Causes of TMJ Pain and Dysfunction

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jun 25, 2012

Elmhurst Dentist Reviews Common Causes of TMJ Pain and Dysfunction

If you’ve ever experienced symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular) Disorder, you know that it can keep you from living life to its fullest. TMJ dysfunction can keep you from eating, speaking, and smiling comfortably. Many patients with TMJ problems can’t even get a quality night’s sleep, because they have constant pain, tension, and headaches.


Our Elmhurst TMJ dentists work with patients to help them understand TMJ disorder and relieve their disruptive symptoms. Today we’re going to review some of the common causes of TMJ problems. Once you understand how and why TMJ symptoms emerge, you can begin to take proactive steps to prevent TMj pain.


What Causes TMJ Problems?


Patients may experience TMJ disorders for a variety of reasons. TMJ problems often result from dysfunctions or injuries involving the muscles and jawbone around the temporomandibular joint. Here are some common causes of TMJ pain:


·      Dental or facial injury near the temporomanibualr joint—this could include impact injuries or whiplash/force related traumas

·      Chronic dental grinding and clenching puts unnecessary strain and pressure on the temporomandibular joint

·      Arthritis or osteoarthritis can impair jaw function

·      Poorly managed stress creates tension in the face and jaw—this tension can contribute to TMJ symptoms


If you recognize yourself in this list of causes of TMJ dysfunction, there are steps you can take to restore your health and comfort. Take steps to manage any stress that causes facial tension, and seek treatment if you’ve experienced an injury. If you find that you’re grinding or clenching your teeth, discuss treatment options with a dental professional—these habits can cause TMJ problems and wear down dental enamel prematurely.


TMJ problems don’t have to run your life—take control by discussing your symptoms and concerns with a dental professional. Give our Elmhurst TMJ dental office a call for more information or to schedule an appointment!