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Possible causes of TMJ disorders

Posted on November 24, 2014 4:47 pm under Medical Malpractice

Basic activities of the mouth, such as chewing, speaking, and yawning, would be impossible without the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ connects the lower jaw’s mandible to the skull’s temporal bone. The cartilages surrounding the TMJ are responsible for allowing the joint to move up and down and side to side. As such, any trauma in the TMJ’s cartilages may result in the joint’s misalignment, which may cause TMJ disorders.

Parts of the TMJ and its supporting cartilages can be damaged through a variety of causes, which include:

  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Too much facial and jaw tightness because of stress
  • Clenching of teeth, bruxism

Additionally, TMJ disorders have also been associated with improper dental procedures, such as the inappropriate use of dental instruments, and the installation of ill-fitting dental products. If you believe you have suffered from a painful TMJ disorder because of a reckless dental practitioner in Milwaukee, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you assess if your situation qualifies you for a claim. Call us at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about your situation today.