TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder

TMJ (Jaw Joint) disorder (TMD) is characterized by tenderness and pain in the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, namely temporomandibular joint, where the lower jawbone hinges to the skull. This joint moves when you talk, chew and yawn. It combines a hinge rotation with gliding motions. The joint surfaces are covered with cartilage and are divided by a small disk, which maintain smooth movements. In addition, there are numerous muscles connecting the jaw and its joint to the head and neck. Therefore, disturbances in the joint or the associated structures cause head and neck pain and dysfunctions.
TMJ disorders (TMD) can be caused by diverse types of problems including: abnormal bite, jaw injury, facial or cranial muscle fatigue from teeth clenching or grinding. TMJ disorder may be associated with general systemic diseases such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.


TMD symptoms may be as follows:

  • Pain or tenderness in or around the jaw joint that may radiate to the side, back or front of the ear or the neck areas.
  • Aching facial pain or tension headache.
  • An uneven or uncomfortable bite especially when teeth are making premature contact.
  • Difficulty chewing or discomfort during or after chewing.
  • Locking of the jaw joint, making it difficult to open or close the mouth.
  • Clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew.

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