What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint.” TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. Your TMJ can become injured or inflamed and can lead to a localized pain disorder that is not uncommon, called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.
Common causes of TMJ syndrome include stress, teeth grinding, and excessive gum chewing. Alignment problems of how your teeth meet, your jaw, arthritis, and even poor posture can lead to TMJ syndrome.
What are the symptoms of TMJ Syndrome?
- Jaw pain at the joint
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Toothache-like pain
- Ear pain/Earache
- Ringing or popping sounds in the ears (tinnitus) or a sense of fullness in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Pain at the base of the tongue
- Pain, swelling, or a lump in the temple area
- Tight, stiff, or sore jaw or neck muscles
- Difficulty chewing
- Stiff or sore jaw muscles
- Pain in the temple area, or
- Locking or dislocation of the jaw (usually after widely yawning), referred to as lockjaw.
What are the cures for TMJ Syndrome?
Medical options include Botox injections, dental appliances for teeth grinding, physical therapy, medications, and in severe cases, surgery.
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