TMJ

TMJ 2017-09-13T17:16:59+00:00

TMJTMJ is acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects the jaw to the skull.) Because the temporomandibular joint involves many elements: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue, and the teeth. TMJ can affect all of these elements, causing a wide range of symptoms:

  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Earaches, especially in the morning
  • Migraines, especially in the morning
  • Tinnitus (ringing sound in the ears)
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Cracking, popping or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Trouble or discomfort biting or chewing
  • Dizziness
  • Causes

Anything that places undue strain on the temporomandibular joint may contribute to TMJ. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Bruxism (unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth)
  • Trauma such as a blow to the jaw
  • Degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis
  • Excessive nail biting or gum chewing
  • Misalignment of the jaw or teeth (bad bite)