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Can a Traumatic Accident Cause TMJ Disorder?

December 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — kingscott @ 8:18 pm
a fender bender car crash

TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a condition that can be caused by a variety of incidents including traumatic accidents like car crashes and sporting injuries. What many patients don’t realize is after they receive emergency medical care, they’ll need to visit their dentist in Monroe for an additional examination. Many medical professionals overlook TMJ damage in these cases, and in order to prevent additional damage to your joints, neck and facial muscles, and teeth, you’ll need to receive treatment from a dental specialist.

What Are Signs of TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a difficult condition to live with if you’re experiencing severe symptoms. Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed, which is why it’s important to recognize and mention your symptoms to your dentist. Here are some of the signs that may mean that you’re suffering from TMJ disorder:

  • Facial and neck pain
  • Lockjaw
  • Paint while chewing
  • Migraines
  • Popping or clicking sound when you open or close your mouth
  • Restricted jaw movement
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears
  • Nightly grinding and clenching of teeth

If you notice any of these, it could be due to this condition, and without treatment, your symptoms will likely get worse.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of problems, including injuries due to traumatic events, like car crashes, fender benders, and sporting injuries. Even if you receive medical treatment directly after your accident, without a thorough examination of your temporomandibular joints that allow your jaw to function, you may still experience symptoms of this condition down the road.

One example of how you can develop TMJ disorder is from a car crash. If you’re rear-ended, your head may be whipped backwards, and depending on the force of the collision, the muscles in your jaw can experience a significant amount of pressure and tension. When this happens, your head and jaw can experience opposite forces that result in a TMJ injury.

Getting TMJ Treatment from Your Dentist

If you’ve recently been involved in an accident or you are experiencing any of the common signs of TMJ, it’s crucial that you receive an examination from a specialist who has ample knowledge about the facial structure and how these muscles interact. Many dentists are able to provide TMJ therapy to help ease the tension and pressure on your jaw joints after an accident to keep your symptoms from becoming worse and affecting your oral and physical health. They can do so by crafting a customized mouthguard that shifts your jaw into its ideal position as you sleep, easing the pressure on your jaw joints and relieving your pain.

After an accident and a trip to the emergency room, the last place you probably want to see is the inside of a dentist’s office. However, with the proper examination to make sure that your TMJ isn’t injured, you’ll be able to prevent future problems from occurring and make sure you stay comfortable!

About the Author

Dr. Scott has over 39 years of experience treating TMJ disorder and helping relieve his patients’ pain and discomfort. He has completed thousands of hours of continuing education courses to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in TMJ therapy and has taken specialized classes on oral pathology, TMD and head and neck pain, and head and neck anatomy. For questions or to schedule a consultation to learn whether TMJ therapy can help you, visit Family Dentistry’s website or call  318-325-4600.

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