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TMJ injuries from car accidents

What is TMJ?

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is where a person’s lower jawbone meets the skull.  This joint allows a person to talk, chew, and yawn.  A TMJ injury can occur in an auto accident if it involves a blow or impact to the head or jaw area.

TMJ injury symptoms

According to the Mayo Clinic, an auto accident victim that suffers a TMJ injury may have any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw,
  • Aching pain in and around one’s ear,
  • Difficulty or pain with chewing,
  • Facial pain,
  • The TMJ locks, making it difficult to open or close one’s mouth,
  • Limitation of movement,
  • Clicking (when associated with pain or limited movement),
  • An uneven bite.

Diagnosis and treatment

A TMJ injury can be diagnosed either from your doctor or dentist.  Generally, they will order diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI’s.

There are various forms of treatment for TMJ that a patient may be prescribed.  These include:

  • Medications, such as painkillers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and steroid injections.
  • Therapy involving a bite guard and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Corrective dental treatment or, possibly, repair or replacement surgery.
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