TMJ – Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction


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The Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ, is the joint in the body that connects the mandible to the skull. It is commonly referred to as the jaw joint.

The TMJ is a complex joint that consists of both hinged and sliding joints. It is formed by ligaments, bone, cartilage, muscle, blood vessels and nerves. It is the most used joint in the body since it is used for eating and talking.

While bruxism (clenching or grinding of teeth) can often be a cause of TMJ disorders, other causes can include trauma (e.g. car accidents), overuse such as excessive gum chewing, arthritis, or abnormalities of the body.

Common symptoms for those experiencing jaw issues may be: clicking of the joint when opening or closing the mouth, headaches (including migraines), earaches, jaw pain, and limitation in opening or closing your mouth.

Dr. Waese will need to see you personally to find out why you are suffering with jaw joint problems. He can then advise you on treatment solutions.