Originally Posted by velvetrance
i have a theory on what caused my TMJ.
the three leading causes are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or jaw trauma. i believe i suffered the latter.
i started having all of my symptoms after a root canal was performed in march '06. the root canal was an awful experience. i didnt receive proper anesthetic and an infection occured right after the procedure. i've NEVER ground(*) my teeth or clenched my jaw. my theory is that i received jaw trauma due to the root canal. no one really wants to believe my theory but nothing else makes sense, esp. other doctors. how do i go about proving this or testing this? is getting TMJ from shoddy dental work possible?
Jaw trauma is a cause of tmj. The other two, i believe, are symptoms, or peripheral effects, of having tmj.
Not that i don't believe your theory (it's unusual to say the least) but if say your root canal caused your bite to go out of alignment then yes it's very possible. But how does a simple root canal do that? I don't know. Hence it's unusual.
Tmj from bad dental work? I think it's not only possible, it happens all the time.