7 doctors weighed in:
Can TMJ be brought on by trauma from a head on collision?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Significant trauma to the head that would involve the jaw and the area in front of the ear could potentially involve the TMJ and exacerbate or cause pain and discomfort.
See an ent, oral surgeon, orthodontist/dentist or reputable provider of care for the tmj.

In brief: Yes
Significant trauma to the head that would involve the jaw and the area in front of the ear could potentially involve the TMJ and exacerbate or cause pain and discomfort.
See an ent, oral surgeon, orthodontist/dentist or reputable provider of care for the tmj.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Thank
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Yes
Yes, either due to direct trauma to the jaw, or indirectly through a whiplash type injury.
See a tmj expert for advice. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

In brief: Yes
Yes, either due to direct trauma to the jaw, or indirectly through a whiplash type injury.
See a tmj expert for advice. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
Thank
In brief: DEFINITELY
Head on collisions (whether it is an auto accident or you striking someone or something in sports, etc.
, ) can create a whiplash. Often the head/neck will be whipped either forwarded then back, or back then forward (flexion/extension) injury. The mouth and jaw joints are often thrust open way beyond normal opening. Tmj/tmd is a very common symptom caused by such injuries.

In brief: DEFINITELY
Head on collisions (whether it is an auto accident or you striking someone or something in sports, etc.
, ) can create a whiplash. Often the head/neck will be whipped either forwarded then back, or back then forward (flexion/extension) injury. The mouth and jaw joints are often thrust open way beyond normal opening. Tmj/tmd is a very common symptom caused by such injuries.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Thank
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry
In brief: Whiplash
Yes. Tmj can develop from trauma such as whiplash or force on the jaw.

In brief: Whiplash
Yes. Tmj can develop from trauma such as whiplash or force on the jaw.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dr. Thomas Davis
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors