TMJ Disorder is an abbreviation of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder which sounds a lot scarier than it actually is. The Temporomandibular Joints are the joints located between the upper and lower jaw positioned on either side of the head. These joints act as the go-between for the upper and lower jaws and consist of muscles, bones, cartilage and tendons.
The TMJ’s are vital as they enable us to eat, chew and talk. In order to function properly the muscles within the TMJ’s should be relaxed and comfortable. TMJ Disorder is when something is wrong with the TMJ’s and the movement of the jaw is restricted or disturbed. We term this a ‘TMJ Disorder’.
Classic signs and symptoms of TMJ Disorder
The classic signs and symptoms of TMJ Disorder are underlined below:
Causes of TMJ Disorder
TMJ Disorder is mainly caused by unrelaxed muscles in the TMJ’s as a result of stress and tension. However, there are many other reasons for the onset of TMJ Disorder.
If you experience any of the signs and symptoms of TMJ Disorder then you need to arrange an appointment with your doctor or dentist who will advise you on the next best step. Usually, blood tests, MRI scans or arthroscopy (a fibreoptic device to look inside the joint) will be arranged to identify the cause of the problem.
Treatments for TMJ Disorder include:
No need to worry; it will all click into place
TMJ Disorders are not considered serious and the recovery rate is good. 1 in 10 people experience a TMJ Disorder at some point in their lives.
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