Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are problems or symptoms of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
- Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
- Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
- Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Dull, aching pain in the face
- Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
Causes of TMJ Disorders
There are two matching temporomandibular joints — one on each side of your head, located just in front of your ears. The abbreviation “TMJ” literally refers to the joint but is often used to mean any disorders or symptoms of this region. Many TMJ-related symptoms are caused by the effects of physical stress on the structures around the joint. These structures include:
- Cartilage disk at the joint
- Muscles of the jaw, face, and neck
- Nearby ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves
For many people with temporomandibular joint disorders, the cause is unknown. Some causes given for this condition may include:
- A bad bite or orthodontic braces
- Stress and tooth grinding.
- Poor posture can also be an important factor in TMJ symptoms. For example, holding the head forward while looking at a computer all day strains the muscles of the face and neck.
Other factors that might make TMJ symptoms worse are stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep.
TMJ Consultation & Diagnosis
If you are experiencing TMJ symptoms, please call our Shoreham Dental Office to book a private consultation with Dr. Nosente Bollo-Kamara. Dr. Bollo-Kamara will discuss the cause of your TMJ problem(s) and possible solutions. There are many treatment options that can be tailored just for you. Call us today! (416) 661-6117