TMJ is known as Temporomandibular joint dysfunction and is also abbreviated as TMD or TMJD. TMD refers to a dysfunction and associated pain of the jaw muscles which connect the mandible to the skull. Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck — like from a heavy blow or whiplash — can lead to TMD. TMJ can result in pain, restricted mandible (jaw) movement and noises from the temporomandibular joints (TAJ) during jaw movement.
Some of the symptoms of TMJ are:
Locking of the jaw joint
Clicking, popping or cracking in the jaw joint
Pressure or water-like feeling in the ears
Ringing in the ears
Pain in the jaw joints
Grinding or clenching of the teeth
If you have suffered TMJ as the result of a motor vehicle accident, you should tell your doctor about this problem immediately and see your dentist who can refer you to a specialist to confirm the diagnosis. TMJ is a major injury and can cause lifelong problems.
If you or a loved one suffer from TMJ as a result of a car accident, call Braithwaite Boyle today for your free initial consultation and speak to one of our experienced injury lawyers to get the help and advice you need.