The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are among the more complex joints in your body. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly may result in a painful disorder, also referred to as TMJ disorders or sometimes TMD.
What causes TMJ syndrome?
According to medicinenet.com…
The causes of TMJ syndrome are not completely understood. Multiple factors contribute to the muscle tightness and dysfunction that characterize this condition. It is not clear whether some of these causes directly lead to TMJ syndrome or if they are a result of the disorder. Causes may include:
- Misalignment (malocclusion) of or trauma to the teeth or jaw
- Teeth Grinding
- Poor posture
- Arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
- Excessive gum chewing
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
- pain in or around the ear
- tenderness of the jaw
- clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
If you’re regularly experiencing facial or jaw pain, call us at Brogdon Dental. Exercise, muscle relaxants or physical therapy may help. Schedule an appointment today for an evaluation.