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Causes of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ & TMD)

There are many causes for TMJ pain. The most common cause is a misaligned bite. While the teeth may look straight there can be a significant under-lying orthopedic problem with the alignment of the jaw. This misalignment can wreak havoc on the muscles of the face, head, neck and shoulders. This misalignment can also cause clicking and popping of the jaw joints (TMJ) causing considerable damage to the joints as they try to adapt to a bad bite.

Other causes may include whiplash injuries, sports injuries, or other trauma. These sources of TMJ problems are far less common however. Another frequent cause of TMJ/TMD can be improper or inadequate orthodontic treatment.