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Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are near the bottom of each ear. This joint allows you to move your jaw. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ Disorder, is caused by injury to the joint that connects your jaw to your skull.
TMJ DISORDER AND TMD DISORDER
Injury can happen when a person grinds their teeth, has a misalignment of the teeth or jaw, poor posture, stress, and arthritis.
Symptoms Can Include:
Pain where your jaw joins your skull
Your jaw is making a clicking or popping noise
You have ear pain or earaches
Your jaw muscles feel stiff or sore
Your temple has pain
Your jaw locks up
You have swelling on the side of your face
You have trouble chewing food or have a sudden uncomfortable sensation when biting
CAUSES OF TMJ DISORDER AND TMD DISORDER
The temporomandibular joint consists of a hinge that operates in a sliding motion. Segments of the bones that move and interact in the TMJ are surrounded by cartilage. Each of the bones are separated by a disk that absorbs shock. If normally operating, the motion should be smooth.
Pain Can Happen If:
Your disks move out of the proper alignment or they errode
Your joint is damaged from an injury or impact
Your bones or cartilage are damaged by arthritis in the jaw area
Are you experiencing pain in your jaw, hearing a clicking or popping noise, having ear pain or earaches, feeling stiff or sore in your jaw muscles? You may have a TMJ Disorder. Please schedule an appointment in our Coral Gables office to set up a plan to treat your disorder.
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