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Can TMJ be brought on by trauma from a head on collision?

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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
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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
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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
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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
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