Chronic Jaw Pain: Your Upper Marlboro Dentist Explains TMJ Disorder

If you have chronic jaw pain, it could be due to TMJ disorder. TMJ refer to the temporomandibular joint and if you have persistent problems with your jaw, it could be due to this very important joint. Learn more about your temporomandibular joint and TMJ disorder in today’s blog, below.

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TMJ disorder can be quite painful.

Chronic Jaw Pain: Your Upper Marlboro Dentist Explains TMJ Disorder

What is the temporomandibular joint?

You actually have two temporomandibular joints, one on each side of your head. They are located just in front of your ears and these joints are responsible for your jaw’s movement. Temporomandibular joints are incredibly complex, comprised of ligaments, muscles, and bones, and when something goes wrong, it can lead to persistent pain.

What causes TMJ disorder?

There are a number of possible causes of TMJ disorder. The include:

Bite problems

The most likely cause of TMJ disorder is bite problems. Underbites and overbites can cause unnecessary tension on your jaw by unevenly wearing down your teeth. The extra strain caused by an uneven bite can lead to TMJ disorder.

Poor posture

Good posture is important for your health. Bad posture can cause your jaw to come out of aligment which causes undo stress on the temporomandibular joint.

Anatomy

Anatomical factors such as scar tissue, arthritis, and infections can all lead to joint pain. Physical trauma can also lead to jaw problems.

Teeth clenching or grinding

If you are in the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, this can quickly lead to TMJ disorder. The strain caused by grinding can cause jaw pain.

How do I know if I have TMJ Disorder?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your Upper Marlboro dentist to find out whether TMJ disorder may be to blame.

  • Trouble opening or closing your mouth
  • A clicking or popping sound in your jaw when you open your mouth
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Frequent headaches
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Swelling

If you think you have TMJ disorder, contact Park Dental today!

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