What is TMJ?
TMJ / TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a term used to describe a group of symptoms including headaches; facial pain; jaw pain; sore, chipped, broken, or worn teeth, clicking or popping in the jaw, and limited jaw movement. In many cases people suffering from TMJ / TMD report chronic pain in the jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulders, or back, or any combination of these areas. Snoring, grinding of teeth, frequent ear infections and restricted airway are other problems associated with TMJ / TMD. This group of symptoms is also referred to as MPD (myofascial pain dysfunction) and craniomandibular dysfunction.
If you have Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome, you are likely experiencing jaw popping/clicking, face and head pain, and difficulty biting, as well as jaw stiffness and earaches. TMJ is usually caused by trauma to the jaw, repetitive clenching of the jaw muscles and grinding the teeth, or misalignment of the teeth. Many TMJ cases are temporary if you rest and relax your jaw, giving it time to heal. However, for cases that last more than a few weeks, you may need a specially molded mouthguard or –in the worst cases – surgery to get rid of painful TMJ symptoms.
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