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TMJ (TEMPRO-MANDIBULAR DYSFUNCTION)

The hinge that connects the jaw to the temporal bone of the skull is known as the temporomandibular joint. This joint is unique in that it allows the jaw to move up and down and from side to side and also allows for talking, chewing and other similar activities. When problems arise with the jaw in the temporomandibular joint, a disorder known as TMJ is diagnosed. It is not fully understood what causes this type of disorder but there are remedies today that are available through modern dentistry.

Clenching or Grinding of The Teeth Can Cause Stress

That said some of the more commonly known reasons for Tempro-Mandibular Dysfunction include arthritis of the joint as well as stress that can cause facial and jaw muscles to tighten and clinch. In addition, clenching or grinding of the teeth can cause stress in the joint as well as normal movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint. These and many other reasons that can cause TMJ to arise. Symptoms are often discomfort and pain and can become chronic and last for many years. This pain can be on one side or both sides of the face and can become quite painful.

TMJ Is A Serious Problem That Requires Immediate Attention

TMJ is indicative of problems with being able to open the mouth as well as locked jaw and pain or tenderness in the face, neck and shoulders. Equally of concern is when there is swelling of the face or pain when chewing or a chronic level of pain that is hard to identify. Whatever the case may be one thing is certain and that is that TMJ is a serious problem that requires immediate attention. Talking with your dentist is the best way to know for sure what remedies are available with regard to TMJ. Visit your Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Darvishzadeh at Walnut Creek Dental for more information on TMJ and how to treat this condition.