Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It enables you to move your jaw up and down and side to side. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It is also referred to as TMJ .
Causes can include:
• Injury to your jaw, jaw joint, or your head or neck muscles
• Grinding or clenching your teeth
TMD/TMJ often causes severe pain and discomfort on one or both sides of your face. Sometimes it is temporary but it can also last for several years. More women have than men, and it’s most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40.
Symptoms can include:
• Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
• Difficulty opening your mouth wide
• Your jaw will lock open or closed
• Clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth or chew
• Facial swelling
• You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
If You Are Experiencing TMD/TMJ Symptoms, We Can Help!
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