What causes TMJ problems?
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. These disorders are often incorrectly called TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint. TMD or THJ issues may be caused from the following:
- Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint
- Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
- Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the joint
- Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth