Temporomandibular joints are located on each side of your head and are joints that work with the muscles and ligaments in your face and head. When these joints are injured, you could end up with TMJ pain or temporomandibular disorders, or TMD. That is just a way of saying that the TM joint is injured, not working properly, and causing symptoms.
Common TMJ or TMD pain if chronic facial pain, jaw pain, headaches, earaches, and even pain that feels like it is inside the teeth. TMJ or TMD pain can last months, years, and even be permanent.
While TMJ or TMD can be caused by several innocuous things, such as excessive teeth grinding, stress, or osteoarthritis, it is most likely to be caused by injury to the jaw, head, or neck such as an impact or dislocation. TMJ can be very painful and can be debilitating as it can affect every aspect of a person’s life—particularly given that it affects the head.
Medical malpractice can cause TMJ or TMD. Some examples of medical malpractice causing TMJ includes the following:
- Dental malpractice;
- Anestesia mistakes;
- Excessive opening of the mouth during a procedure;
- Forcing open the mouth during a procedure;
- Dropping a patient;
- Improperly guarding a patient from a fall risk;
- Dropping something onto the patient like a tool; and
- Many other causes.
TMJ injuries are causes when a medical professional makes significant mistakes which constitute medical malpractice. Every cause listed above will frequently resulting in a finding of medical malpractice. This will allow a victim to recover compensation for his or her injuries.
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