Injury & Trauma

Injuries & trauma to the jaw can cause TMJ, says Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA

Injuries & trauma to the jaw can cause TMJ

When any part of your body is injured, the effects can spread to other areas and cause pain and discomfort for years to come. For example, a back injury can cause knee pain because the nerves that provide feeling for the knee come from the lower back. A misaligned TMJ due to injury or trauma works in the same way, potentially causing pain and discomfort in various connected parts of the body. When this happens, the muscles in your mouth begin to deteriorate and stop working. These conditions cause the temporomandibular joint to begin to deteriorate.

TMJ causes and problems

If you are beginning to have difficulties with the functioning of your mouth or jaw it could be because you have injured another part of your body which caused trauma to your neck and face. Even something as common as a lost or chipped tooth can be traumatic enough to develop TMJ.

When you lose a part of your tooth, or the whole tooth, it changes the way pressure is distributed throughout your mouth and jaw, and this will affect your ability to use your mouth as well as it’s outward appearance. The loss of a tooth will mean that you will begin to lose bone mass in that particular spot of your jaw. The empty spaces in your teeth and jaw bone means less support for your face, which in turn causes premature wrinkles and you could begin to see lines around your mouth and deep hollows on the sides of your nose.

If you suffer an injury to the jaw, be sure to seek out assistance from a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA. An injury to the jaw can misalign your upper and lower jawbones, causing a condition referred to as bad bite. This can lead to some unpleasant conditions such as grinding your teeth, clenching your jaw repeatedly and facial pain that can cause further damage and a lot of discomfort in your mouth.

Don’t suffer in silence!

The importance of treating TMJ is not only cosmetic, it can potentially have severe consequences to your health and quality of life. Simple tasks such as speaking and eating can become not only difficult, but excruciatingly painful.

If you have been through a traumatic event and are starting to feel discomfort in your neck, face or jaw, Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA can help you to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. This way, you can finally understand the treatment you may need from an experienced TMJ dentist and feel confident that you are on the road to recovery.


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