Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge that connects the lower jaw to the skull and allows to move it up and down and side to side.

You can experience problems when the jaw pivots when opening and closing the mouth or during lateral movements.

Thus, the TMJ and masticatory muscles are affected and cause a dysfunction called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Symptoms:

  • Earaches without the presence of an infection
  • Jaw pain, more intense in the morning than in the afternoon
  • Pain in the jaw when chewing, biting, or yawning
  • Clicking or popping when opening and closing the mouth
  • Difficulty in opening and closing the mouth
  • Jaw locking up or stiffening when speaking, yawning or eating
  • Tooth sensitivity without any apparent dental problem

Causes:

Most experts believe that mental or physical tasks such as grueling efforts or stressful situations can cause or aggravate TMD syndrome. This disorder is mainly caused by overworked muscles, due particularly to teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism).

Consult us in order to obtain a proper diagnosis. Our experienced team will give you advice regarding your situation.

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