The Temporomandibular Joint — most commonly known as TMJ — is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. It allows you to move your jaw so you can talk, chew and yawn. You actually have two TMJs – one on each side of your jaw. Issues related to your TMJ are known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) or TMJ Syndrome.
Symptoms of TMJ Syndrome:
- Jaw pain, which can be felt at any time, even when you are not using your jaw
- Jaw clicking and popping
- Difficulty chewing
- Ear pain/earache, or ringing or popping sounds in your ears
- Headaches or migraines
- Stiff or sore jaw muscles
- Inability to open your mouth wide without pain
While there is no known cause for TMJ, it has been linked to a variety of potential reasons. Jaw injuries, teeth grinding, trauma, scoliosis, poor sleeping positions and stress have all been linked to TMJ. There are several home remedies to treat TMJ, including eating soft foods, and stress reduction therapies such as massage, mediation and relaxing baths. There are also medical options you can try, including mouth guards and medications.
Do not ignore any pain in your jaw, especially if it lingers. Seeing a Dentist can help confirm if you are dealing with TMJ. If you have concerns that you may have a TMJ issue, schedule an appointment with us to help determine the best course of action to relieve your jaw discomfort.