The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. This joint, located on each side of the jaw, lets you move your them up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.
Often wrongly called TMJ after the joint, Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) refer to problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it. It can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control movement.
The exact cause of TMJ disorder is not known as it is often difficult to determine. Dentists believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. However, it may also be due to a combination of different factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury.
Symptoms may include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open your mouth wide
- A tired feeling in your face
- Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite, as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
Those with TMD may also experience toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
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Women are more inclined to suffer from temporomandibular disorder than men. It’s also most common among people between 20 and 40 years old. TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort and can be temporary or last many years. It might affect one or both sides of your face.