The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects both the lower jaw and the temporal bone.
This connection causes the joint to be moved a lot, as it moves every single time that you move your lower jaw.
As you move your lower jaw whenever you eat or talk, this can be extremely annoying and bothersome.
What are the Causes of TMJ Disorder
While the actual causes of this disorder are unclear, there are a few theories that many dentists have as to why people have this problem.
It usually occurs because of problems with the joint itself, or the muscles that are used to move your lower jaw.
There are several things that are certain to lead to this clicking in the jaw. Suffering a neck or head injury can often cause Temporomandibular Joint disorder, although it will sometimes only be for a short duration of time.
For more serious cases, this can be a never-ending problem that doesn’t go away over time.
Other things that can cause this disorder are grinding or clenching of the teeth, dislocation within the joint, or stress.
Stress usually leads to teeth grinding, but it can cause problems on its own as well. Stress causes you to tense up your jaw muscles.
To avoid having problems as a result of stress or teeth grinding, try to be aware of yourself when you do these things.
If you are aware, you can prevent yourself from doing it, which will prevent the disorder.
Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
The most common symptom of this disorder is the pain or discomfort that people feel whenever they move their jaw.
This pain can be found in the joint, muscles, face, or even the neck. This pain has a bit of stiffness to it, making you not want to move your jaw or face.
The most uncomfortable symptom that people feel is when their jaw “locks up”. It becomes stuck, but not so that you cannot move it.
Rather, you have to pop it out of place for a second in order to move your lower jaw. This is extremely painful and causes extreme discomfort.
Temporomandibular Joint disorder is not a serious problem that gets worse over time, but for people that it bothers, it should be taken care of.
It is, in fact, very painful. If you are experiencing clicking in the jaw no matter how minor you think the issue is, it needs to be addressed and we can help you.
Do not wait for the problem to become unbearable, give us a call today.