The temporomandibular joint (i.e. jaw joint) is a complex hinge which connects the jaw with the temporal bone. It allows the jaw to move up and down as well as side to side, enabling us to speak, chew, yawn etc.
Quite a few people have one of the several possible temporomandibular disorders. Although they present no significant hindrance to normal functioning, it is best to detect and remedy or at least alleviate them. Doing so prevents damage to the joint or the tissues connected to it, including teeth.
Causes of problems in the jaw joint
Injury of the joint, jaw or the surrounding muscles
Grinding teeth at night
Injury to the disc which forms a part of this joint
Stress – it causes constant tightening of muscles
Pain in your jaw joint area, neck, face, or ears when you speak, chew, or yawn
Problems opening your mouth
Fatigue of chewing muscles
Swelling/pain to the pressure in the jaw joint area
Muscle relaxation (adapted nutrition regime (softer food), opening the mouth to a lesser degree, avoiding extreme jaw movements)
A night guard
Orthodontic treatment of incorrect bite
Surgical therapy for severe degenerative changes
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