Trauma to the head and neck is a more common cause of TMJ problems. This trauma can be in the form of auto accidents, sports injuries, slip and fall, chewing a bone or a stone in food, clenching during times of stress. Malocclusion (crooked bite) by itself may or may not cause tmj problems, but when it is combined with some type of trauma, tmj problems often occur. Back problems can lead to a change in the bite that results in tmj problems. Postural problems can contribute to tmj symptoms. Sleep position can contribute to tmj. Never sleep on your stomach.
Systemic conditions such as arthritis in its many forms can lead to severe tmj damage. This damage changes the bite and is very difficult to treat. Entire courses are given for the systemic causes of TMJ problems. There are some forms of cancer that can occur in the TMJ, but they are very rare.
Inaccurate and/or incorrectly designed splints can cause a form of arthritis.
If you believe yourself to be experiencing any of these TMJ symptoms or if you have any questions regarding Temporomandibular Joint Disorder please call Dr. Mark Yamamto, your TMJ Dentist in Huntington Beach at 714-847-9900 today or use our quick contact form at right to connect.