The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, sits just in front of your ear and connects the temporal bone at the side of your skull with your mandible or lower jaw. It plays a central role in many functions such as chewing, talking, yawning, and opening and closing the mouth.
When the TMJ is functioning properly, your lower jaw and the joints connected with it will be synchronised as they move. Sometimes, however, the TMJ can get a little out of whack and that's where pain and discomfort can set in.
The disc inside the TMJ can move out of its natural position and this leads to a variety of symptoms. If you are experiencing sore and stiff jaw muscles, difficulty chewing and opening or closing your mouth, and inconsistency with your bite, you may be suffering from a dysfunctional TMJ.
Unfortunately, many people who have these symptoms are wrongly diagnosed as the problem isn't always immediately apparent. The pain that comes along with a dysfunctional TMJ can also cause headaches or neck aches, which can contribute to misdiagnosis and ineffective treatment.
Treating TMJ dysfunction can be simple, depending on the type of symptoms you have and your individual case. If you could be suffering from TMJ dysfunction, we can talk you through your options for treatment.
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