Posted on 7/20/2018 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
The first question that people ask after you are in a car accident, is if you are okay. The problem is that many injuries from an accident are not always apparent.
The symptoms that you experience may not seem related to the accident. If your jaw hurts after an accident, it is not something to ignore. It could mean something else is wrong.
TMJ After an Accident
TMJ is a condition that affects the joints and muscles of the jaw. It is a condition that can cause pain and discomfort. There are many different causes of TMJ. One of the causes is trauma involving the jaw.
Someone in a car accident may not think they have an issue with TMJ because there was not direct blow to the jaw during the accident. The lack of direct trauma makes it hard for someone to understand how the accident could cause pain in the jaw.
During an accident, the body undergoes many different types of trauma. There is the trauma related to direct blows to the body. There is also trauma related to the violent movements that happen to the body during an accident. The head and jaw are often twisted, pushed and pulled in ways they should not move. It is that trauma that leads to TMJ.
Recognizing the Pain
There are any symptoms of TMJ. Pain is one of the most obvious. There is also discomfort when chewing, a clicking sound when moving the jaw and feeling the jaw lock up at times.
The key to getting help is combining the symptoms with a recent car accident. Research shows that one in three people in an accident that exposes them to whiplash trauma will develop TMJ.
No one should ignore any pain or unusual symptoms they feel after an accident. They need to know that the symptoms do not always start right away. If you experience jaw pain and have had a car accident, take a minute to contact our offices. Our dental professionals can help you determine if you have a problem with TMJ.
Please contact our offices for any question you have about TMJ or any other dental issues.