TMJ disorders develop for many reasons
- You might clench or grind your teeth,
- Tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint.
- Damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease.
Injuries and arthritis can damage the joint directly or stretch or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the disk, which is made of cartilage and functions as the “cushion” for the jaw joint, can slip out of position. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth or trouble opening your mouth wide.