Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) happens in the temporomandibular joint that connects your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw up and down to open and close your mouth. Not being able to move your jaw up and down is a major dehabilitation that can change one’s life. A person with TMJ has difficulties eating, swallowing, speaking, and even breathing. If any symptoms occur, take immediate action.

  • If your jaw is getting locked into place

  • If there is limited jaw mobility

  • If there is a clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth

  • If there is pain in the face near the joint

  • Headaches

  • Vertigo

  • Ringing in ears

Specific causes of TMJ are unknown to dentists but they know that problems with the jaw, the joint, and/or the surround muscles on the face can result in TMJ. One sure cause of TMJ are injuries in the jaw area. Whatever the cause, TMJ needs to be corrected as soon as possible. It is best to have any sign of TMJ corrected early as is can lead to other costly procedures that could otherwise be avoided.


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