Jaw Pain - TMJ Dysfunction

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Jaw Pain - TMJ Dysfunction

Jaw Pain - Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction is any condition affecting the jaw joints and surrounding muscles and ligaments. 

What is Jaw Pain – TMJ Dysfunction?

The temporomandibular joint is classified as a hinge joint that is formed between the mandibular bone (lower jaw bone) and the temples (temporal bone of skull).  The positioning and physiology of this joint helps in maintaining normal day to day functions such as eating, chewing, biting, talking and yawning etc. Any disease process that affects the activity or functioning of this joint is collectively referred to as TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. 

Jaw Pain - TMJ Dysfunction

Signs and Symptoms of Jaw Pain – TMJ Dysfunction

Most patients present with these classic symptoms:

  • Jaw, muscle and face pain
  • Tenderness in jaw
  • Difficulty in opening the mouth
  • Difficulty in talking
  • Difficulty in chewing the food
  • Swelling over the face

Causes of Jaw Pain – TMJ Dysfunction

Certain pathophysiological situations can lead to Jaw Pain – TMJ Dysfunction, such as:

  • application of excessive pressure over the hinge joint )such as forceful or vigorous grinding of food),

  • dislocation of the joint due to trauma, injury, assault or accident,

  • poorly managed osteoarthritis (or other types of arthritis)

  • stress

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