TMJ injuries can be the result of trauma, such as being involved in a car accident.
Until recently, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder was believed to be a disorder that affected people with prior jaw or teeth issues. If a person had missing or chipped teeth, or they were prone to grinding teeth in their sleep, they were expected to have some kind of TMJ pain. However, there is another cause of TMJ pain, which is relatively unknown. TMJ pain could also stem from a traumatic car accident.
According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, a large percentage of TMJ problems are a result of trauma. This trauma could be something as subtle as a whiplash injury with direct trauma to the jaw or head. One of the most common causes of this trauma is car accidents.
Facts About TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is a hinge connecting the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull in front of each ear. The joint enables you to move your jaw side to side and up and down, and enabled to chew, yawn and talk. If this joint becomes inflamed due to various reasons, it could result in a wide range of issues.
If you have pain in the facial area or jaw, have a jaw that seems to get stuck or click, have trouble opening or closing the mouth and you have been in a car crash, the pain could be a result of the accident.
How Can a Car Accident Cause Jaw Pain?
In event of a car crash, the body is exposed to various unnatural and abnormal movements, and the body is puled and pushed in various directions, this can affect the joints tremendously. One of the joints that could be impacted is the temporomandibular joint. In fact, TMJ pain does not necessarily occur when you hit your jaw or head during the accident, or you suffer direct trauma.
In a car accident, it is common for people to suffer whiplash. This occurs when the head is forced in different directions. When a stationary car is hit from the rear by another vehicle, the heads of the occupants are forced backwards, and as the head is thrown backwards towards the rear, inertia causes the mandible or mandible to remain in its right place for about a quarter of a second. This motion can cause tearing or stretching of the ligament or connective tissues, which leads to swelling and discomfort. This can make simple activities such as eating and talking difficult.
TMJ symptoms after a car accident are more common than you think. According to The Journal of the American Dental Association, one in three people who sustained whiplash trauma are at risk of developed TMJ symptoms. Many of the car accident victims who experience TMJ symptoms never relate it to the crash.
St. Louis Car Injury Lawyer
If you or loved one have been a victim of a car accident and have suffered injuries, don’t wait to contact a car accident attorney. Don’t talk to an insurance claims adjuster before you speak with a lawyer. We can help you avoid making statements that may be taken out of context and later used against you by the insurance company.
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