3 Common TMJ Disorder Myths

TMJ Disorder can affect the way your mouth is able to function when it comes to opening, closing, chewing, etc. There are many myths out there revolving around TMJ disorder – especially referring to how it’s caused and how it can be treated. How do you know what is a myth and what is actually true? We’re here to help! It’s not always easy to understand problems with your temporomandibular joint, even professionals aren’t exactly sure what causes these problems! Are you ready for 3 common TMJ disorder myths?

  1. There is only one cause of TMJ Disorder; bruxism.

As previously mentioned, professionals don’t actually know the exact cause of TMJ disorder. However, it is suspected that problems with the actual joint itself can contribute to these issues. If you’ve experienced trauma or injury to your jaw – this could definitely be what started your joint problems.

  1. TMJ Disorder can only be treated with a surgical procedure.

Surgery is often used as a last resort when it comes to treating your temporomandibular joint. There are many other treatments consisting of a night guard, bite re-alignment, and other stretches to help the muscles surrounding your jaw.

  1. Although painful, TMJ Disorder won’t actually damage your jaw.

You’ll likely feel uncomfortable if you suffer from extensive issues with your jaw, but that’s definitely not all you’ll experience as a result of TMJ disorder. In extreme cases, patients can even lose teeth! Although, more commonly, patients will develop chronic head pain, trouble sleeping, and other pain that is referred to other areas in your body.

If you’re experiencing any symptoms of TMJ disorder, a visit to your dentist should be in the near future!


Patrick M. Jaeckle, DDS, offers families in the Austin/Central Texas area the latest in comprehensive dental care. To improve the health and function of your smile, we provide preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as migraine and headache relief. To schedule an appointment, call our Austin office at (512) 912-7543, or our Bee Cave location at (512) 402-1955.