TMJ and Dental Injuries

TMJ and Dental Injuries

TMJ and Dental Injuries

TMJ injuries or temporomandibular joint injuries refers to the small joint on the lower jaw that attaches to the skull. It allows a person to open and close their mouth, to speak, and chew. The Temporomandibular joint can be damaged by force exerted on the jaw or an injury to the head or a fall. TMJ and Dental injuries often involve the jaw clicking or locking. Injuries to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles in the head and neck can cause TMJ disorders. Dental injuries can result from various work related accidents, and often require extensive and expensive dental procedures.

Trauma to the jaw or temporomandibular joint plays a role in some TMJ disorders. But for most jaw joint and muscle problems, scientists don’t know the causes. Because the condition is more common in women than in men, scientists are exploring a possible link between female hormones and TMJ disorders.

For many people, symptoms seem to start without obvious reason. Research disputes the popular belief that a bad bite or orthodontic braces can trigger TMJ disorders.


Symptoms of TMJ

A variety of symptoms may be linked to TMJ disorders. Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, is the most common symptom. Other likely symptoms include:

  • radiating pain in the face, jaw, or neck
  • jaw muscle stiffness
  • limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • a change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Disorders


Prompt examination and evaluation of a Dental Injury is imperative. The victim of a Dental Injury needs fast assessment and treatment to minimize the effects of such an injury.

During the past 30 years, The Law Offices of Brent McAfee Thompson has successfully represented thousands of injury victims in work injuries, construction accidents and other significant personal injury situations.

Our experience has allowed us to represent individuals who have suffered Amputations, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Wrongful Death cases. Our firm is aggressive in pursuing the best interests of our clients. We have the knowledge and experience to successfully achieve a superior recovery or verdict on your injury situation.

Our office is always ready and willing to proceed to Trial on behalf of our clientele. We work strictly on a contingent fee basis; You need not worry about advancing out-of-pocket expenses.


If you or someone you know has suffered from TMJ or a Dental Injury, Contact Us Immediately.

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