Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder, occurs when there is a problem with the jaw joint. The joint is located just in front of the ear, and it connects the mandible, or lower jaw, to the temporal bone, which is located on the side of the head. The temporal bone houses the inner ear. TMJ disorder can cause a number of symptoms, including:
If you are experiencing any jaw pain, contact your dentist immediately. They will be able to assess your symptoms and determine if you need treatment. The cause of jaw pain may be a result of a misalignment of the temporomandibular joint or due to teeth grinding.
If your jaw feels stiff or feels like it’s being locked in one position, it could be a sign of temporomandibular joint disorder. This uncomfortable condition can cause a variety of issues, such as headaches and neck pain because it can interfere with your facial muscles and create tension throughout your body.
Patients who suffer from chronic head pain often experience stiffness in their jaws due to strained muscles. If you tend to clench your teeth throughout the day, you may be more likely to have these symptoms as well. In addition to sore muscles and a stiff jaw, some patients also experience a limited range of motion in the jaw and experience popping, clicking, or a grating feeling when they open and close their mouths. If left untreated, TMJ disorder can affect your quality of life by causing constant pain and frustration.
You shouldn’t force your jaw open if you have pain while doing so. Opening your jaw too widely can cause additional discomfort or even increase pressure on sensitive tissues, like the joint or surrounding muscles. You may feel uncomfortable talking or yawning, and you may notice that your jaw feels stiff in the mornings. You may also notice that you wake up with a headache. All of these are signs that your temporomandibular joint is overworked.
Patients often complain of facial pain or discomfort, including pain around the ear. This pain may be mild or severe and may affect one or both ears. Typically, the pain is intermittent and may come and go throughout the day. P
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, can cause headaches and pain in the face around the jawbone and temple area.
TMD is an inflammatory condition of the temporomandibular joint that can stem from tooth grinding or clenching. It is important to treat the inflammation in order to alleviate the associated symptoms. Your dentist can create an acrylic nightguard to prevent you from waking up with a headache due to teeth-grinding at night.
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