Some patients are living with the symptoms of TMJ, (Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome). The symptoms can be very painful, with a negative impact upon the quality of life, personally and professionally. Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Severe headaches
- Jaw pain
- Facial aches and pains
- Tender jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain while chewing
- Jaw locks that hinder movement
- Pain in jaw joint
- Grinding teeth
- Ringing in the ears
What causes TMJ?
The joint in the jaw, called the temporomandibular joint, is a complex system that involves both a hinge and sliding motions. The movement of the jaw can be smooth and easy when the jaw is correctly aligned and the small disk that absorbs shock is functioning as nature intended. A disorder can occur for various reasons, including:
- The shock-absorbing disk has eroded, or more commonly, has moved out of correct alignment.
- The cartilage in the joint has been damaged due to medical conditions or trauma.
- The joint is damaged after an impact such as a vehicle accident or sports accident.
- In some cases, the condition merely appears, and has an unknown cause.