TMJ Therapy (TMD Therapy)
What Is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?
TMJ or temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint (jaw joint) located on either side of the head. It connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is right in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side which let you to talk, chew, yawn, etc. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. TMD is commonly misdiagnosed as being an organ specific disorder of the head, ear etc. Many patients get treated for ear infections before the right diagnosis is out. People with TMD can experience severe pain and discomfort that can be temporary or last for many years. Treatment of TMD may require the expertise of more than one specialist.
Some common symptoms of TMD include:
What is the Causes of TMD / TMJ?
TMD symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck can cause TMD (The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact).