Ever hear of TMJ disorder? Many people are becoming increasingly aware of this problem. Every time you open your mouth, your jawbone, or 'mandible,' moves downward. As it opens, the ends of your jawbone rotate and slide forward. This type of movement makes the joint unique in the human body. It is also the source of irritation sometimes.
This troublesome condition, TMJ disorder, is hard to pinpoint and may be caused by other problems, like rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms can range anywhere from light popping noises when the jaw opens or closes to severe headaches and/or toothaches.
Many TMJ problems are caused by a 'malocclusion' or incorrect bite. This occurs when the teeth do not meet each other properly, resulting in extra stress and fatigue of the temporomandibular joint. Teeth grinding brought on by stress may also aggravate this joint. Treatment will depend on the severity and specific cause of the problem. It may include medication, special exercises, or even surgery for severe cases. See your dentist today for this and all your dental concerns.