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Dental TMJ Injury

Riverside & San Bernardino Dental TMJ Injury Attorneys

Many serious TMJ cases are missed entirely by California personal injury lawyers unfamiliar with how fragile this area of the jaw is. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, or the jaw joint. The TMJ is the small joint in front of each ear that attaches the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. It allows you to perform such functions as opening and closing your mouth, chewing, speaking, swallowing, etc.

The TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint) or jaw joint is the joint immediately in front of the ears. This joint allows the jaw and mouth to fully open. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and impairment. TMJ syndrome can be caused by trauma, disease, wear and tear due to aging, or personal habits. In a rear-end automobile accident, various work injuries, or any event that can cause a whiplash-like neck or cervical spine injury, or an injury to the face – such as from a punch – the TMJ joint can be damaged by the force exerted on the jaw.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injuries refer to a complex and poorly understood set of conditions, manifested by pain the area of the jaw and associated muscles and limitations in the ability to make the normal movements of speech, facial expression, eating, chewing, and swallowing. Conditions that routinely affect other joints in the body, such as arthritis and trauma, also affect the TM joint.

TMJ syndrome can cause one or more of the following:

  • facial pain
  • pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues, including the ear
  • jaw locking open or closed
  • limited opening or inability to open the mouth comfortably
  • headaches
  • bite that feels uncomfortable, or "off", as if it is continually changing
  • neck, shoulder and back pain
  • swelling on the side of the face

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injury pain lasting for one week or less from a car, truck or work accident may not require medical or dental attention (TMJ treatment). Popping and clicking sounds in the joint have been considered TMJ symptoms. However, experts observe that many perfectly healthy joints make noise. Jaw noise unaccompanied by pain or decreased mobility does not indicate TMJ injury.

Sometimes temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injuries from auto and work accidents resolve over time with patients taking mild pain-relieving drugs and using heat, cold or other palliative measures. At present, there are more than 50 TMJ treatments in use ranging from very conservative, reversible therapies to more aggressive, invasive approaches. Surgical TMJ treatment for severe TMJ syndrome may also be effective.

A California work or car accident, either directly to the joint or to the head and neck, can trigger a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injury. For example, a heavy blow to the side of the face can cause the bones of the joint to fracture or the disk to be displaced (put into an abnormal position).

A California work or auto accident can cause a whiplash injury which can stretch or tear tissues and ligaments, displace the disk, or even cause bleeding which leads to the formation of scar tissue, thereby decreasing mobility and causing pain.

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