Common Causes of TMJ Disorder

man with TMJ pain

TMJ disorder (TMD) typically presents itself as chronic headaches, popping and clicking noises, limited range of motion, or difficulty eating.

Since you rely on your TMJ (jaw joint) thousands of times per day, it’s important that it can function properly. But what you may not have realized is other conditions contributing to TMD, rather than the joint “flaring up” on its own. Here are some of the most common TMJ pain causes you should know about.

 

Crooked Teeth

Misaligned teeth and jaws mean that your TMJ has to change the way it moves when it’s time for you to eat. Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and crooked teeth all play into the way your upper and lower jaws close together to grind food.

 

Chewing Gum

Overuse of any joint can lead to muscle strains. If you tend to chew gum (especially ones with a firmer texture) all day, every day, it can cause a cumulative effect on your jaw muscles.

 

Bruxism

Chronic tooth clenching and grinding is typically a subconscious habit. You may do it while you’re sleeping or driving home from work. The excess muscle strain can damage the tissues around and inside your TMJ.

 

Sleep Apnoea

Do you suspect that you have a sleeping disorder? Conditions like sleep apnoea can lead to bruxism while you’re sleeping, because of the lack of oxygen flow to your brain. When you wake up the next morning, you’ll feel fatigued in more places than one!

 

Visit Wyndham Dental for TMJ Relief

Our Wyndham dentists are committed to helping you live life to the fullest, starting with a healthy mouth. If you suffer from TMJ pain, headaches, or are starting to notice worn-out teeth, call our office today to request a consultation. We’ve proudly served the Wyndham community for over 30 years.