Common Causes of TMJ

  • Poor bite alignment/poorly fitting dentures, crowns or fillings.
  • Occlusal imbalances/malocclusion
  • Chronic clenching or grinding, especially during sleep. (bruxism)
  • Chewing gum on a regular basis (Most people have a dominant chewing side)
  • A trauma, accident, or injury to the neck, jaw, or head e.g. whiplash
  • A chronic illness, such as lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disorders, or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Displacement of TM discs
  • Malformations of the face, neck, or jaw
  • Extensive dental work or extractions that put stress on TM joints
  • Excessive Telephone Use: we tend to bend our head to one side whilst on the phone, or some cradle the phone between head and shoulder.