What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. It is located on either side of the head, just in front of the ear. The TMJ allows the jaw to move up and down and side to side, enabling us to talk, chew, and perform other functions.
What Are TMJ Disorders?
TMJ disorders, also known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD), refer to a group of conditions that affect the TMJ and the muscles that control the jaw. These disorders can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw, neck, and head, as well as other symptoms.
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
There are many potential causes of TMJ disorders, including:
- Misalignment of the teeth or jaw
- Jaw injury
- Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
- Stress, which can cause a person to tense their jaw muscles
- Poor posture
What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ?
The signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders can vary, but may include:
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw, neck, or head
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- A clicking or popping sound when moving the jaw
- A locked jaw that is difficult to open or close
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Earache or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
What are the treatments for TMJ?
Treatment for TMJ disorders will depend on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. Some common treatment options include:
Pain medication: Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication can help to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders.
Mouthguard: A mouthguard can be worn at night to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help to stretch and strengthen the jaw muscles and improve jaw movement.
Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to repair or reconstruct the TMJ.
It is important to see a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for TMJ disorders. A healthcare professional may recommend a combination of these treatments or other therapies depending on the specific needs of the individual.
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