TMJ disorders can be caused by a number of factors; there is no single cause of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders). The following may cause TMJ disorders:

  • Trauma (such as a fall, whiplash, or blow to the head)
  • Skeletal malformation
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress
  • Hormonal problems
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth (bruxism)
  • Occlusion (deep overbite, missing back teeth, crossbite, etc.); “Bad Bite”
  • Systemic diseases
  • Psychological factors
  • Medications
  • Lack of restorative sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Sleep apnea

Anything that prevents the muscles, bones, and joints of the jaw from working together harmoniously is called TMJ disorders. Your experienced Boise doctor, Dr. Pamela Powell, will perform a thorough examination to help determine the cause of TMD. We welcome you to call our office today to schedule your personal consultation.