The temporomandibular joint connects your jaws to your skull. There is a joint each on each side of the ear. Any pain or disorder with this joint is referred to as TMJ disorder. The exact cause of a person's TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Your pain may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury.
HOW IS TMJ DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
TMJ is diagnosed by a dentist or GP who would ask you to open and shut your jaws. X-ray to check for bone problems is also done.
HOW IS TMJ DISORDERS TREATED?
Treatment of TMJ disorders include night splint or guard for support. Hot and cold packs and NSAIDS are suggested.
DID YOU KNOW?
Complications of long-term TMJ syndrome include chronic face pain or chronic headaches. In severe situations, where pain is chronic, or associated with other inflammatory disorders, long-term treatment may be necessary.