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TMJ: Causes from the Psychological to the Physical

Causes of TMJ from stress to bone disease and other TMJ causes .

Stress from too much work, a lack of work, family life and more are causes of TMJ. Have a headache? Maybe a little neck, shoulder or jaw pain, or a bit of tinnitus? All of these symptoms may factor into more TMJ causes, or a dysfunction of your temporomandibular joints, as they indicate stress or even a physical misfiring of those joints.

If you press down on your cheeks right in front of your ears and open and close your mouth, you can feel your TMJs moving. (Try not to freak out your family and coworkers - remember that they are possible TMJ causes and may only compound your pain as they question your sanity.)

Now, if you hear any clicking, you can't open your mouth as wide as you used to, or you feel your jaw locking up as you sit there making fish-mouth - you've just determined that you may have a case of temporomandibular joint disorder, TMJD or TMD. The causes of TMJ are varied.

In fact, stress, arthritis or fibromyalgia, even a good hit to the jaw while playing interactive video games with a clumsy friend may warrant some of what causes TMJ. These complex joints in front of your ears (go ahead and feel them up again, we won't judge!) move every time you swallow, yawn, chew or waste time making fish-mouth. They move ball-in-socket style, but the ball also slides in and out of the socket as well. You may get TMD symptoms when the ball misaligns with the joint. TMJ pain causes also stem from a wearing down of a small disc in the joint which acts as a shock absorber.

The causes of TMJ may affect the actual joint and the buffering disc inside, the muscles supporting the joint, the ear canals, sinuses and just about any other muscles in the head and shoulders.

So what causes TMJ exactly? Unfortunately, TMD or TMJ syndrome causes remain difficult to determine. Women in their childbearing years tend to suffer from TMD more often than other females under 20 and over 40 and more often than men too. Though what causes TMJ for this particular group still undergoes investigation.

The AAOP or American Academy of Orofacial Pain (yes, general ear or facial pain make two other symptoms) classify TMJ causes into two basic categories: myogenous, a ten dollar word for muscle-generated, and arthrogenous, a fancy way of saying joint or bone generated.

Myogenously speaking, you can bring on TMJ pain causes through stress (grinding your teeth), bad habits such as excessive gum chomping (we're talking day-long chewers here) or even nail-biting. Other TMJ syndrome causes include opening your mouth too wide and for too long.

What causes TMJ arthrogenously speaking, are bone diseases like arthritis which makes joints swell and/or stiffen. 

Some TMJ pain causes may not be TMJ-related at all. General pain in your cheeks and jaw may stem from sinus issues, toothaches or early periodontal disease, according to the American Dental Association -- all the more reason to visit the dentist. A dental exam and maybe even an X-ray or two can help determine if you suffer TMJ syndrome causes. Your dentist may find out if your TMJ pain causes are muscle or bone related and determine whether or not you are out of joint.

Please call us at 1-866-970-0441 if you need helping finding the right dentist to pinpoint your TMJ causes.

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