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    Aug 8

    What are the Causes of TMJ? There are many causes of TMJ disorders and jaw joint pain, including: Cartilage wear and tear – The cartilage disks that pad the TMJ become worn or displaced, causing painful grinding of the jaw bone. Dislocated TMJ Dislocation of the joint is indicated by popping and cracking noises when the jaw is opened or closed, and may negatively affect movement of the jaw and strain the musculature of the jaw, face, and neck. Clenching and grinding Habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth places extreme pressure and strain on the joints and is one of the most common causes of TMJ disorders. The added stress on the jaw joint can cause wear and tear of the cartilage disks, and may even cause the jaw joint to become dislocated. Misaligned bite If the bite of the upper and lower teeth is not aligned properly, everyday jaw movement like chewing can take a toll on the TMJ and strain the surrounding musculature. Arthritis Arthritis can cause uncomfortable inflammation of the TMJ and may also result in swelling in the adjoining tissues, ligaments and muscles. Those with arthritis may experience difficulty opening and closing their mouth, as well as other painful TMJ symptoms. After a thorough examination of your jaw joint and its articulation with the surrounding structures, a dentist specializing in TMD can determine the causes of your TMJ symptoms and develop an appropriate TMJ treatment strategy. What are the Symptoms of TMJ? The symptoms associated with

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