Causes of TMJ Pain

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is a fascinating and complicated part of our bodies. Most people never even think about the delicate joint that allows our jaw to swing like a hinge but also slide at the same time. Most of us use it all the time but never think about it; that is, until something goes wrong. If you experience a TMJ disorder, chewing, sleeping, even talking can become painful. If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, it may be helpful to know what may be causing it. Some causes of TMJ disorder may include:

  • An injury, such as a blow to the jaw, that can misalign the TMJ
  • Arthritis that can weaken and inflame the TMJ and damage the cartilage
  • Sometimes the disk can simply wear away, causing the jaw to grind against the skull
  • Repetitive stress injury caused by long-term clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Finally, although rare, a connective tissue disease can affect the TMJ

If you’ve experienced one or more of these causes, and are living with daily pain, make an appointment to see a specialist who can help diagnose the exact cause of your TMJ pain.