How Do You Get TMJ?

How Do You Get TMJ?

Finding the Cause of TMJ Disorders

Inquiring minds want to know, how do you get TMJ disorders? Sitting down with Dr. Mary Swift to discuss your symptoms can help find the cause of your TMD. We will provide a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth health and structure to determine an appropriate treatment plan.

Common Causes of TMJ Disorders

There are a number of possible causes for TMD. Once we are able to diagnose your TMJ disorder, Dr, Swift can also discuss TMJ dangers and TMJ treatment with you. Below is a list of common causes of TMD you can view to get an idea of how your condition could have developed.


Arthritis in the temporomandibular joint can often be caused by grinding teeth while sleeping or injuring the jaw in some way.  Arthritis typically causes deterioration of cartilage in their jaw joints, which affects your chewing and leads to ongoing pain.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, may cause painful TMJ disorders. Grinding your teeth causes damage to tooth enamel and dentin and generally creates tooth decay. Over time, constant grinding or clenching can also lead to muscle spasms and tooth damage.

Jaw Dislocation or Displacement

There is a disk between the jawbone and socket that, when dislocated or displaced, will create a popping or clicking sound in the jaw. This displacement can also result in jaw pain or discomfort when you are speaking or eating food. Though you may be able to immediately fix jaw dislocation, this dislocation can leave you open to more TMJ dangers down the road.

Stress and Muscle Pain

Stress is another contributor to TMJ issues. Individuals who constantly grind or clench their teeth will eventually create muscle and joint complications within the mouth region. For this reason, Dr. Swift must investigate the main source of your TMJ disorder in order to come up with the correct treatment technique. When your facial muscles and jaw are tense or tired, it can have an impact on TMJ pain.

Misaligned Teeth

A major aspect of teeth grinding and clenching is a misalignment of the teeth. Patients with crooked teeth have a hard time closing their mouths comfortably. So, while they are sleeping they constantly try to find a comfortable position, consequently moving and gnashing their teeth against each other. This grinding process then leads to sore or pained jaw muscles.

Find Out the Cause of Your TMJ Disorder

Dr. Mary Swift uses her extensive knowledge of dentistry practices to find the cause of TMJ disorders. Perhaps one of the above causes applies to your specific case, however there is a chance that your TMD is more complicated. This is why we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swift and discuss how do you get TMJ and possible treatment methods.